20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Toulouse
— 3 nights
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
3
Albi
— 2 nights
4
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
5
Collioure
— 3 nights
6
La Roque-Gageac
— 2 nights
7
Cordes-sur-Ciel
— 3 nights

3
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
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.
Toulouse is known for historic sites, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, contemplate the long history of Espace EDF Bazacle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Toulouse journey planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Carcassonne Airport and Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport. In September, daytime highs in Toulouse are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Le Capitole ©
Le Capitole
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins

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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.
You've added Jardin Exotique, Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip maker website.

You can drive from Toulouse to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Toulouse in September, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La Roque-Gageac, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Chateau de Beynac, Cite Religieuse
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud

2
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Forteresse de Najac has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac, pick up some local products at The Market Hall, thensnap pictures at Pont Vieux, and finally wander the streets of Place du Vigan. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally admire the striking features of Palais de la Berbie.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Albi online vacation planner.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Albi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September since evenings lows in Albi dip to °C. You will leave for Carcassonne on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Forteresse de Najac
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy

3
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Carcassonne

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.
You've now added Chateaux de Lastours to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Carcassonne using our trip planner.

You can drive from Albi to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Collioure.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateaux de Lastours
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

3
nights
Collioure

Collioure ©
Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. Collioure is known for historic sites, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Chateau Royale de Collioure, enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Madeloc, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, and make a trip to Fort Saint-Elme.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Collioure travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Collioure in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Collioure can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will leave for La Roque-Gageac on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Collioure

Historic Sites Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

La Vallee des Tortues, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Chateau Royale de Collioure ©
Chateau Royale de Collioure
Fort Saint-Elme ©
Fort Saint-Elme
Eglise Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise Notre Dame des Anges

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La Roque-Gageac

La Roque-Gageac ©
La Roque-Gageac is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, southwestern France.Perched above the Dordogne River, the village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association. On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Château de Biron, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and then examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye de Cadouin, don't miss a visit to Cloitre de Cadouin, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Jardins Panoramiques de Limeuil, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Roque-Gageac trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Collioure to La Roque-Gageac in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Collioure in October, La Roque-Gageac is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Cordes-sur-Ciel.

Things to do in La Roque-Gageac

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cadouin, Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, Château de Biron, Jardins Panoramiques de Limeuil, Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
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Château de Biron ©
Château de Biron
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil

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Cordes-sur-Ciel

Cordes-sur-Ciel ©
On the 10th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Les Chateaux de Bruniquel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Corneille, stop by Alex Artisan Coutelier, examine the collection at Musée du Chocolat et du Sucre, thenappreciate the history behind Halle de Cordes-sur-Ciel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Michel. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Porte du Vainqueur, examine the collection at Maison de la Photo, thenexamine the collection at Musee Champollion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Sauveur.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordes-sur-Ciel holiday planning site.

Getting from La Roque-Gageac to Cordes-sur-Ciel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from La Roque-Gageac in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cordes-sur-Ciel, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Cordes-sur-Ciel

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Figeac, Les Chateaux de Bruniquel, Eglise Saint-Corneille, Maison de la Photo, Forteresse de Najac
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Halle de Cordes-sur-Ciel ©
Halle de Cordes-sur-Ciel
Porte du Vainqueur ©
Porte du Vainqueur
Alex Artisan Coutelier ©
Alex Artisan Coutelier

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