9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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Limoges
— Few hours
2
Biarritz
— 2 nights
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
4
Montpellier
— 3 nights
5
Bourges
— 1 night

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Limoges

Limoges ©
Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Limoges, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Parc de l'Aurence, and then head outdoors with Tarz en Arbres.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Limoges online trip planner.

Paris to Limoges is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Limoges, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Limoges

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Tarz en Arbres ©
Tarz en Arbres
Parc de l'Aurence ©
Parc de l'Aurence
Gare de Limoges ©
Gare de Limoges

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Miramar, get outside with La Grande Plage, thenappreciate the history behind Rocher de la Vierge, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium de Biarritz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lac Mouriscot, kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Port Vieux Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Limoges to Biarritz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July in Biarritz, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium de Biarritz
La Grande Plage ©
La Grande Plage
Port Vieux Beach ©
Port Vieux Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): visit Cité de Carcassonne, thenexplore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, thendo a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally Head underground at Grotte de Limousis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, thenlearn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Biarritz to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Biarritz in July, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Grotte de Limousis
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Grotte de Limousis ©
Grotte de Limousis

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage du Grand Travers and Aquadukt Saint Clement. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Golf de Montpellier Massane will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou, see the interesting displays at Le Pavillon Populaire, have some family-friendly fun at Mad Monkey, and don't miss a visit to Place de la Comedie.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Montpellier day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plage du Grand Travers, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Golf de Montpellier Massane ©
Golf de Montpellier Massane

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Bourges

Bourges ©
For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Palais Jacques-Coeur, thenhead outdoors with Le marais de Bourges, thendon't miss a visit to Les Nuits Lumiere, and finally make a trip to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bourges holiday maker website.

Getting from Montpellier to Bourges by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Traveling from Montpellier in July, expect Bourges to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Bourges

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Palais Jacques-Coeur ©
Palais Jacques-Coeur
Le marais de Bourges ©
Le marais de Bourges
Les Nuits Lumiere ©
Les Nuits Lumiere

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