7 days in South of France & Madrid Itinerary

7 days in South of France & Madrid Itinerary

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7 days in South of France & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Bergerac, France
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 45​min
3
Vars, France
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Orcieres, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Bergerac, France

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Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
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 27th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent's Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center trip itinerary planning app .

Bergerac to Carcassonne Center is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau Canet, Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
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Chateau Canet ©
Chateau Canet
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire ©
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
St. Vincent's Church ©
St. Vincent's Church

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza mayor de Chinchon and Old City. Iglesia de San Ildefonso Jesuitas and Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Cerveza Domus & Spas & Wellness) and Cerveza LA SAGRA (in Numancia de la Sagra). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca and don't miss a visit to Plaza Major.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Madrid road trip app .

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Madrid by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Vars.

Things to do in Madrid

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Toledo, Plaza Major, Old City, Cerveza LA SAGRA, Plaza mayor de Chinchon
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Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon
Iglesia de San Ildefonso Jesuitas ©

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Vars, France

Vars ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get outside with YaPluKa and then hit the slopes at Domaine skiable Risoul - La Foret Blanche.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Vars trip itinerary maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Madrid to Vars. Traveling from Madrid in March, Vars is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Orcieres.

Things to do in Vars

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Domaine skiable Risoul - La Foret Blanche
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Orcieres, France

Orcieres
Orcières is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Queyras National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Orcieres visit site .

You can drive from Vars to Orcieres in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orcieres

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Queyras National Park
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