46 days in Occitanie Itinerary

46 days in Occitanie Itinerary

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Lourdes
— 5 nights
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Ax-les-Thermes
— 4 nights
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Castres
— 5 nights
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Toulouse
— 5 nights
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Rocamadour
— 5 nights
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Millau
— 5 nights
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Montpellier
— 5 nights
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Vers-Pont-du-Gard
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
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Lourdes

— 5 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Du Marbre (in Bagneres-de-Bigorre), Pic Du Midi (in La Mongie) and Acumpanyat bureau montagne (in Cauterets). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Massey, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and explore the landscape on two wheels at La Maison du Randonneur.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lourdes trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Lourdes is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in March: high temperatures in Lourdes hover around 16°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ax-les-Thermes.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ax-les-Thermes

— 4 nights
Ax-les-Thermes is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Axéens or Axéennes.The commune has been awarded one flower by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.GeographyAx-les-Thermes is situated in the Pyrénées, close to Andorra, and stands on the confluence of the Oriège, Ariège and Lauze rivers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ax-les-Thermes: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege) and La Ferme des Lamas (in Auzat). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises, relax in the rural setting at La Ferme aux Anes, examine the collection at Boutique des Colporteurs, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ax-les-Thermes sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Ax-les-Thermes in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Castres.

Things to do in Ax-les-Thermes

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Castres

— 5 nights
Castres is a commune, and arrondissement capital in the Tarn department and Occitanie region in southern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castres: Miellerie Merit (in La Salvetat-sur-Agout), Lacaune (Musee du Vieux Lacaune & Sentier de Decouverte "Sur les Traces de l'Enfant Sauvage") and Eglise Saint Victor (in Nages). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Rocs de Cremaussel, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin de L'eveche, and do a tasting at Chateau Lastours.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Castres trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Ax-les-Thermes to Castres by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Castres

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 5 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.
Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, &more), Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche (in Cagnac-les-Mines) and Cahors (Pont Valentre & Brasserie Artisanale Ratz). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Le Capitole, engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, and snap pictures at Pont Neuf.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse road trip website.

Getting from Castres to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Rocamadour

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rocamadour side-trips: Musee Murat (in Labastide-Murat), Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac (in Salviac) and Musee Zadkine (in Les Arques). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, stroll through La Boucle du Moulin du Saut, and get outside with Oliv'Air, L'air des Vasques du Quercy.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rocamadour journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Rocamadour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Rocamadour are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Millau

— 5 nights

Leather Capital of France

Best known for its sheepskin gloves, Millau was at the head of the French fashion industry for gloves for two centuries.
Get out of town with these interesting Millau side-trips: Cirque de Navacelles (in Saint-Maurice-Navacelles), Chemin Urbain V (in Mende) and Rodez (Freemick Aventure, Musee Soulages Rodez, &more). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Aeropaint Paintball Lasergame Millau, take in breathtaking views at Gorges du Tarn, get great views at Puncho d'Agast, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Paroissiale Sainte-Marie.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Millau day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Millau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rocamadour in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Millau: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Millau

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Montpellier

— 5 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montpellier: Nimes (La Maison Carree, Jardins de la Fontaine, &more), Kartix Parc (in Brissac) and Chateau de Montferrand (in Saint-Mathieu-de-Treviers). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature, learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seaquarium, and get to know the resident critters at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Montpellier online travel route planner.

Drive from Millau to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, Montpellier is a bit warmer than Millau - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vers-Pont-du-Gard.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries

Side Trips

Vers-Pont-du-Gard

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Vers-Pont-du-Gard side-trips: Camp de Cesar (in Laudun-l'Ardoise), Chateau de Manissy (in Roquemaure) and Beaucaire (Chateau Mourgues du Gres & Eglise Notre Dame des Pommiers).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vers-Pont-du-Gard trip planner.

Drive from Montpellier to Vers-Pont-du-Gard in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April in Vers-Pont-du-Gard, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Vers-Pont-du-Gard

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 7 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.
Step out of Carcassonne with an excursion to Top Fruits in Argeliers--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and admire the masterpieces at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Vers-Pont-du-Gard to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Occitanie travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles