30 days in South of France Itinerary

30 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Perigueux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 9 nights
Drive
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cahors
— 2 nights
Drive
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Albi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lourdes
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Museum-lovers will appreciate La Cite du Vin and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Place de la Bourse and Chateau Panet, Vignobles Carles will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, and don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux tour itinerary planner.

Miami, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Miami in May: highs in Bordeaux hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Perigueux.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Perigueux

— 3 nights
Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Monbazillac and Chateau de Bridoire. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord and Vesunna. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perigueux: Grotte de Tourtoirac (in Tourtoirac), Hautefort (Chateau de Hautefort & Musee d'Histoire de la Medecine) and Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Front and see the interesting displays at Musee du Chai de Lardimalie.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Perigueux trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Perigueux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Perigueux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 9 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau des Milandes and The Maison Forte de Reignac are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Castelnaud and Lascaux II. Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Le Parc du Thot (in Thonac), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Le Bugue (Parc Le Bournat & Aquarium du Perigord Noir). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, make a trip to Chateau de Commarque, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux Caves 4.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip maker website.

Drive from Perigueux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique St-Sauveur, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then relax in the rural setting at Ferme La Borie D'Imbert, and finally explore the historical opulence of Remparts du Chateau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, get to know the fascinating history of Place des Ecritures, see the interesting displays at Musee Champollion, then examine the collection at Musee Paulin Ratier, and finally steep yourself in history at Commanderie des Templiers.

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Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Rocamadour takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Rocamadour can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cahors.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahors

— 2 nights
Almost entirely surrounded by water, Cahors is a lovely medieval peninsular town located in the heart of the red wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne, don't miss a visit to Maison de l'eau et Fontaine des Chartreux, then snap pictures at Pont Valentre, then get outside with Mont Saint-Cyr, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Resistance de la Deportation et de la Liberation du Departement du Lot. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie, explore the galleries of Grotte du Pech-Merle, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cenevieres, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du biscuit.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cahors online trip planner.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Cahors in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Cahors, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Cahors

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Albi

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, take in the views from Pont Vieux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Mode. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Halle de Cordes-sur-Ciel, step into the grandiose world of Forteresse de Najac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Penne, then don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Le Quartier Du Castelviel.

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You can drive from Cahors to Albi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Let the collections at Musee des Augustins and Cite de l'espace capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique Saint-Sernin and Church of Les Jacobins. Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Tarascon-sur-Ariege (Parc de la Prehistoire & Rail Modelisme Ariegeois) and Eglise de Saint Volusien (in Foix). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Le Capitole and see the interesting displays at Museum of natural History.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Toulouse attractions planner.

You can drive from Albi to Toulouse in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 11th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Cooperative Artisanale de la Cite - Le Vieux Lavoir. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi, then examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne holiday builder website.

Drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Lourdes

— 2 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, get to know the fascinating history of Boulevard des Pyrenees, then explore the historical opulence of Château de Pau, and finally see the interesting displays at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lourdes online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Lourdes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, expect nights in Lourdes to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip