8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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Toulouse
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
Drive
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Albi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
Drive
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Rocamadour
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Toulouse
— 1 day
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Toulouse — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Church of Les Jacobins, Le Capitole, Place Saint-Georges, and other attractions you added. On the 20th (Thu), snap pictures at Pont Saint Pierre, make a trip to Place Saint-Pierre, and then get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Toulouse trip itinerary builder app.

Athens, Greece to Toulouse is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Toulouse is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in October, with highs in Toulouse at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Bastide Saint Louis, Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and then steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Getting from Toulouse to Carcassonne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Albi.
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Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Le Quartier Du Castelviel, Les Jardins de la Berbie and Pont Vieux. On the 22nd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, and finally take a stroll through Place du Vigan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Albi trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Albi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.
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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Cirq-Lapopie online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Albi to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is slightly colder than Albi - with highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocamadour.
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Rocamadour

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique St-Sauveur, and then steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocamadour trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to Rocamadour by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

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.
You've added Saint-Jean de Cole, Grottes de Abbaye de Brantome, Jardins Panoramiques de Limeuil, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lascaux Caves 4 and Chateau de Castelnaud. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Beynac and Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos are in your itinerary. Step out of Sarlat-la-Caneda to go to Perigueux and see Cathedrale St-Front, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Lascaux II, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, and make a trip to Lanterne des Morts.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda journey maker.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Place des Cornieres, Monpazier, engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then take in the views from Pont Valentre.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Toulouse, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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