8 days in Occitanie Itinerary

8 days in Occitanie Itinerary

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Nimes — 1 night

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
On the 18th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seaquarium and then admire the natural beauty at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Place aux herbes, then don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and finally explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nimes road trip planning tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Nimes is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in August, expect Nimes to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rocamadour.
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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.
On the 20th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes, then explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, and then contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse.

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You can drive from Nimes to Rocamadour in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rocamadour when traveling from Nimes in August, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Albi (Musee de la Mode, Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, &more). Fill the 22nd (Mon) with science at Cite de l'espace. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Le Capitole.

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Drive from Rocamadour to Toulouse in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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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 24th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le Parc Australien, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Cavayere, and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne day trip website.

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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