20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Luz-Saint-Sauveur
— 7 nights
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Mont-de-Marsan
— 4 nights
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Bergerac City
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Carcassonne

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Musee Historama (in Cordes-sur-Ciel), Cite de l'espace (in Toulouse) and Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie & Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile). There's much more to do: stop by Cité de Carcassonne, whizz through the canopy at 02 Aventure, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and get outside with Eaurizon.

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

Reims to Carcassonne is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In August, Carcassonne is somewhat warmer than Reims - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Luz-Saint-Sauveur.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Luz-Saint-Sauveur

— 7 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Luz-Saint-Sauveur: Balnea Centre Thermoludique (in Genos), Cirque de Gavarnie (in Gavarnie) and Vallee du Rioumajou (in Saint-Lary-Soulan).

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Luz-Saint-Sauveur trip app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Luz-Saint-Sauveur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mont-de-Marsan.

Things to do in Luz-Saint-Sauveur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Mont-de-Marsan

— 4 nights
Mont-de-Marsan is a commune and capital of the Landes department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Military installationsThe French Air Force operates the Constantin Rozanoff Mont-de-Marsan airbase about 2 kilometres north of the town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-de-Marsan: Mimizan (Mimizan Plage & Promenade Fleurie), Biscarrosse (Bisc'aventure, Biscarrosse Plage, &more) and Ecomuseum Marquèze (in Sabres). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Base de Loisirs du Marsan, contemplate the long history of La ville d'Hiver, walk around Parc Animalier de Nahuques, and get answers to all your questions at Office de Tourisme de Mont de Marsan.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-de-Marsan travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Luz-Saint-Sauveur to Mont-de-Marsan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Mont-de-Marsan sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bergerac City.

Things to do in Mont-de-Marsan

Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Bergerac City

— 2 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Bergerac City: Perigueux (Vesunna & Cathedrale St-Front) and VergtAventures (in Vergt).

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bergerac City travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Mont-de-Marsan to Bergerac City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bergerac City

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Bergerac travel guide

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Castles · Monuments · Gift & Specialty Shops
Bergerac is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department in southwestern France.EconomyThe region is primarily known for wine and tobacco. It has 12 recognized wine AOCs (Appellations d'origine contrôlée): Bergerac Bergerac Rosé Bergerac Sec (dry) Côtes-de-Bergerac Côtes de Bergerac Blanc Côtes de Montravel Montravel (red and white) Haut-Montravel Saussignac Monbazillac Pécharmant RosetteSitesThe town has an important tourist industry. There are three museums, including the town museum, a statue museum and a tobacco museum. The church of Notre Dame is located in the town centre. There is also a wine house by the river which features a small exhibition on the history of wine growing. Bergerac offers some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region due to the soil's excellent drainage - a result of its proximity to the Dordogne River. The Arboretum de Podestat is located near to Bergerac.

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