5 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

5 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

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5 days in Nouvelle-Aquitaine Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
La Rochelle
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Biarritz
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Newark

1
day
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.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle trip planning app .

Newark, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to La Rochelle. Traveling from Newark in June, expect La Rochelle to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

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.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, then take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, then admire all the interesting features of Les Noyeraies du Landers, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner .

Drive from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from La Rochelle in June, you will find days in Sarlat-la-Caneda are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, Chateau de Beynac, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat

1
night
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 8th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium de Biarritz, then get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Biarritz trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Biarritz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in June, plan for little chillier days in Biarritz, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Bayonne
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Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium de Biarritz
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