8 days in Aude Itinerary

8 days in Aude Itinerary

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— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Carcassonne Airport, Fly to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport



— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and La Chapelle des Oubliels. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: La Plage du Rouet de La Palme (in La Palme), Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean) and Chateau Fabre Cordon (in Peyriac-de-Mer). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, admire the masterpieces at Musee Beaubois, and see the interesting displays at Maison de la Truffe d'Occitanie.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to Carcassonne is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in May: high temperatures in Carcassonne hover around 69°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rennes-le-Chateau.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Rennes-le-Château is a small commune approximately 5 km south of Couiza, in the Aude department in Languedoc in southern France.This small French hilltop village is known internationally, and receives tens of thousands of visitors per year, because of various conspiracy theories, about an alleged buried treasure discovered by its 19th-century priest Bérenger Saunière, the precise nature of which is disputed by those who believe in its existence.HistoryMountains frame both ends of the region—the Cevennes to the northeast and the Pyrenees to the south. Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee Berenger Sauniere. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Chapellerie, see the interesting displays at Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria', pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, contemplate the long history of Musee Berenger Sauniere, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magdala, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rennes le chateau.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Rennes-le-Chateau trip builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Rennes-le-Chateau takes an hour. May in Rennes-le-Chateau sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 9th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Rennes-le-Chateau

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aude travel guide

Castles · Architectural Buildings · Churches
Termed "Cathar Country," Aude is a department between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrénées mountains offering many opportunities to enjoy a wine tasting, go fishing, cycle along the shore or on mountain passes, and tour its many Cathar castles. With 10 natural regions, you are sure to find plenty of things to do, such as watching pink flamingos who congregate to the east, go orchid hunting inland, or hike in the forests with rare peatlands to the north and west. Arts and crafts are popular, and you can watch artisans work at many of the businesses along the A61 and A9. Finally, you can visit the Canal du Midi passing right through Aude on its way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.