8 days in South of France Itinerary

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Fly to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Drive to Saint-Emilion
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Saint-Emilion
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
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Saint-Emilion — 1 night

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, then learn about winemaking at Cloitre des Cordeliers, then do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Laniote.

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Dallas, USA to Saint-Emilion is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dallas in June; daily highs in Saint-Emilion reach 76°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 2 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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 16th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, and finally explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins d'Eau, and then admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

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Drive from Saint-Emilion to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Sarlat-la-Caneda can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

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 18th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

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Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. June in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 1 night

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio.

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Fly from Carcassonne to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Le Tour de l'Horloge, take in the exciting artwork at Street Part, then take a memorable excursion with La Belle Echappee, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with 361° Espace d'Art Contemporain.

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Fly from Bonifacio to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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