20 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

20 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

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20 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

Start: Munich
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  12​h 30​min
1
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Saint-Emilion
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Arcachon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Biarritz
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Munich

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cave Dwellings and Les Cabanes du Breuil. For shopping fun, head to Sarlat Market or Cave Philippe Godard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Eglise Saint-Pierre (in Carennac), Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet (in Payrac) and Basilique St-Sauveur (in Rocamadour). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre, examine the collection at Les Pans de Travassac, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, and delve into the distant past at Ville de Martel.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip site .

Munich, Germany to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Munich in August: highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Abbaye d’Aubazine, Eglise Saint Pierre, Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, Chateau de Beynac, Grotte du Grand Roc
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Basilique St-Sauveur ©
Basilique St-Sauveur
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Ville de Martel ©
Ville de Martel

3
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilique Saint-Eutrope de Saintes and Fort Louvois. Popular historic sites such as Amphitheatre de Saintes and Fort Boyard are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont (in Talmont sur Gironde), Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Saintes) and Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines (in Meschers-sur-Gironde). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, don't miss a visit to Grande Roue La Rochelle, get to know the fascinating history of Quartier du Gabut, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche du Centre Ville.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle sightseeing app .

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, plan for a bit cooler days in La Rochelle, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Saintes, Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines, Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, Fort Louvois
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Amphitheatre de Saintes ©
Amphitheatre de Saintes
Fort Louvois ©
Fort Louvois
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont

7
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Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion ©
Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Head to The Wine Buff and Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'orange Bleuefor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret and Chateau Coutet. Venture out of the city with trips to Barsac (Chateau Doisy Daene, Chateau Gravas, & more), Chateau Lestrille (in Saint-Germain-Du-Puch) and Sauternes (Chateau Guiraud & Chateau d’Arche). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure, learn about winemaking at Chateau Lestevenie, take in panoramic vistas at Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe, and don't miss a visit to Cloitre des Cordeliers.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Emilion online tour builder .

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Saint-Emilion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saint-Emilion can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Arcachon.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Barsac, Sauternes, Bergerac City, Saint-Christoly-De-Blaye, Vignobles Carles
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Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion
Chateau Laniote ©
Chateau Laniote
Cloitre des Cordeliers ©
Cloitre des Cordeliers

2
nights
Arcachon

Arcachon ©
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
On the 25th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Jetée Thiers, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Musee Aquarium d'Arcachon, stop by Marche, make a trip to Observatoire Sainte-Cecile, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Reserve Naturelle Geologique de Saucats La Brede, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame des Flots, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Ferdinand, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue d'Arcachon, and finally steep yourself in history at La ville d'Hiver.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Arcachon day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to Arcachon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Arcachon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Arcachon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Notre Dame des Flots, Reserve Naturelle Geologique de Saucats La Brede
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La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Notre Dame des Flots ©
Notre Dame des Flots

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and La Grande Plage. Bring the kids along to Natural reserve of Marais d'Orx and Ferme d'Agerria. Explore Biarritz's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hendaye), Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat (in Cambo les Bains) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Hossegor). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and stop by Mercado Les Halles.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Biarritz day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Arcachon to Biarritz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hendaye, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Ferme d'Agerria, Chocolaterie-Musee Puyodebat, Natural reserve of Marais d'Orx
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Phare de Biarritz ©
Phare de Biarritz
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Ferme d'Agerria ©
Ferme d'Agerria