9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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Limoges
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Biarritz
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Montpellier
— 3 nights
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Bourges
— 1 night
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Limoges

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Limoges, then delve into the lush surroundings at Parc de l'Aurence, and then head outdoors with Tarz en Arbres.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Limoges online trip planner.

Paris to Limoges is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Limoges, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Limoges

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Biarritz

— 2 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Miramar, get outside with La Grande Plage, then appreciate the history behind Rocher de la Vierge, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium de Biarritz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lac Mouriscot, kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Vieux Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Limoges to Biarritz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Biarritz, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): visit Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally Head underground at Grotte de Limousis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Biarritz to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Biarritz in July, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montpellier

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage du Grand Travers and Aquadukt Saint Clement. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Golf de Montpellier Massane will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Le Pavillon Populaire, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou, and have some family-friendly fun at Mad Monkey.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Montpellier trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Montpellier by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Bourges

— 1 night

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Palais Jacques-Coeur, then head outdoors with Le marais de Bourges, then don't miss a visit to Les Nuits Lumiere, and finally make a trip to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bourges holiday maker website.

Getting from Montpellier to Bourges by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Montpellier in July, expect Bourges to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Bourges

Outdoors · Historic Sites

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.