9 days in South of France Itinerary

9 days in South of France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocamadour
— 1 night
Drive
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 3 nights
Train to Matabiau Gare SNCF, Fly to Bonifacio
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne

— 1 night

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 (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria' and then explore the historical opulence of Rennes le chateau. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Carcassonne is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Carcassonne is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, Carcassonne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Argeles-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. On the 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Chateau Royale de Collioure, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, then take a stroll through Quartier du Moure, and finally stroll around Promenade du Front de Mer.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Argeles-sur-Mer trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Argeles-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rocamadour

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, then stroll through Rocher des Aigles, then stroll through La Foret des Singes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique St-Sauveur.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rocamadour tour builder.

Getting from Argeles-sur-Mer to Rocamadour by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Argeles-sur-Mer in August since evenings lows in Rocamadour dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 3 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Beynac and Grotte du Grand Roc are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Grotte de Rouffignac and Les Grottes de Maxange. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Montignac (Lascaux II & Lascaux Caves 4). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Roc de Cazelle, and make a trip to Chateau de Commarque.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bonifacio visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Bonifacio takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in August: highs in Bonifacio hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature