9 days in Occitanie Itinerary

9 days in Occitanie Itinerary

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9 days in Occitanie Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
1
Montpellier
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lourdes
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Rocamadour
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Toulouse
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Istanbul

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): wander the streets of Place de la Comedie. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, steep yourself in history at Pont du Gard, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier attractions planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Montpellier is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Montpellier due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Montpellier are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nimes, Pont du Gard, La Bambouseraie en Cevennes
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Jardins de la Fontaine ©
Jardins de la Fontaine
Pont du Gard ©
Pont du Gard
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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.
On the 8th (Mon), explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, take an in-depth tour of School Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune.

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

Traveling by train from Montpellier to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

1
night
Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lourdes road trip tool .

Drive from Carcassonne to Lourdes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Carcassonne in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lourdes: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©

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Rocamadour

Rocamadour ©
Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Foret des Singes, and finally don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour road trip website .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Rocamadour takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gouffre de Padirac, Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet
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Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac
Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet ©
Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Place du Capitole, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, get curious at Cite de l'espace, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Marche Victor Hugo.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Toulouse vacation planner .

Getting from Rocamadour to Toulouse by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
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