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
5
Cahors
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Albi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
Drive
8
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.
Let the collections at La Cite du Vin and Musee du Vin et du Negoce capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and Chateau Panet - Vignobles Carles (in Saint-Christophe-Des-Bardes). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, and learn about winemaking at Chateau Paloumey.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder tool.

Miami, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Miami to Bordeaux. When traveling from Miami in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Bordeaux, with highs around 28°C, while nights are colder with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Perigueux.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · 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. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Monbazillac and Cathedrale St-Front are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord and Vesunna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perigueux: Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac), Hautefort (Chateau de Hautefort & Musee d'Histoire de la Medecine) and Grotte de Tourtoirac (in Tourtoirac). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du Chai de Lardimalie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bridoire.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Perigueux holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Perigueux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Perigueux, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Perigueux

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · 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 Chateau de Beynac are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lascaux Caves 4 and Manoir de Gisson. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Parc du Thot (in Thonac), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Le Bugue (Parc Le Bournat & Aquarium du Perigord Noir). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, Head underground at Lascaux II, and walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning website.

You can drive from Perigueux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique St-Sauveur, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then experience rural life at Ferme La Borie D'Imbert, and finally don't miss a visit to Remparts du Chateau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, get to know the fascinating history of Place des Ecritures, see the interesting displays at Musee Champollion, then see the interesting displays at Musee Paulin Ratier, and finally contemplate the long history of Commanderie des Templiers.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rocamadour trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Rocamadour in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Cahors.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne, make a trip to Maison de l'eau et Fontaine des Chartreux, snap pictures at Pont Valentre, then head outdoors with Mont Saint-Cyr, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Resistance de la Deportation et de la Liberation du Departement du Lot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie, then get curious at Grotte du Pech-Merle, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cenevieres, and finally examine the collection at Musee du biscuit.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahors trip maker app.

Drive from Rocamadour to Cahors in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Cahors

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Albi

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, make a trip to Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Mode. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Dreche, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Albi travel route app.

Getting from Cahors to Albi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cahors in September since evenings lows in Albi dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Basilique Saint-Sernin and Cite de l'espace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Musee des Augustins and Parc de la Prehistoire capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Eglise de Saint Volusien (in Foix) and Rail Modelisme Ariegeois (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, examine the collection at Museum of natural History, and don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse road trip tool.

Getting from Albi to Toulouse by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Toulouse sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere 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: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then explore the activities along Canal du Midi, then examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Lourdes

— 2 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, then get to know the fascinating history of Boulevard des Pyrenees, then explore the historical opulence of Château de Pau, and finally don't miss a visit to Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lourdes travel website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Lourdes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip