10 days in Occitanie & Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

10 days in Occitanie & Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

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10 days in Occitanie & Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

Start: Paris
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Montpellier
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
5
Biarritz
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Paris

1
night
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, then admire all the interesting features of Arenes de Nimes, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Montpellier trip planner .

Paris to Montpellier is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect Montpellier to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Montpellier

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Arenes de Nimes
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Maison de la Nature ©
Maison de la Nature
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 30th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, then view the masterpieces at Cooperative Artisanale de la Cite - Le Vieux Lavoir, and finally wander the streets of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent's Church, take an in-depth tour of School Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then look for all kinds of wild species at Birds City (La Cite des Oiseaux), and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip planner .

Getting from Montpellier to Carcassonne Center by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
School Museum ©
School Museum

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, then take an in-depth tour of Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, examine the collection at Lascaux IV, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux II.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Carcassonne Center in October, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Montignac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, Chateau de Beynac, Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Lascaux IV ©
Lascaux IV

2
nights
Bordeaux

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux itinerary builder website .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bordeaux, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

2
nights
Biarritz

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Lac Mouriscot. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Banaka, identify plant and animal life at Baie de Txigundi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Corniche Basque, and finally get outside with Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Biarritz journey builder app .

You can drive from Bordeaux to Biarritz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cambo les Bains, Hendaye, Scuba & Snorkeling, Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes
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Lac Mouriscot ©
Lac Mouriscot
Banaka ©
Banaka
Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes ©

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