38 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

38 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
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Perpignan, France
— 5 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 4 nights
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Foix, France
— 5 nights
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Sort, Spain
— 4 nights
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Alquezar, Spain
— 4 nights
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Torla, Spain
— 2 nights
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Biarritz, France
— 4 nights
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Lourdes, France
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne, France — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cité de Carcassonne and O'Vineyards. Escape the urban bustle at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and Lac de Cavayere. Change things up with a short trip to Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses in Brousses-et-Villaret (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Le Parc Australien, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Carcassonne is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Carcassonne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, Carcassonne is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Perpignan.
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Perpignan, France — 5 nights

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Escape the urban bustle at Reserve Africaine de Sigean and Sentier du Littoral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Abbaye de Fontfroide and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Change things up with these side-trips from Perpignan: Mas Amiel (in Maury), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Ceret) and Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with Navivoile, learn about winemaking at Vignobles Terrassous, take in the dramatic natural features at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure.

To see photos and tourist information, you can read our Perpignan online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Perpignan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Perpignan, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse, France — 4 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cite de l'espace and Musee des Augustins. Visiting Atlantide Plongee and Domaine des Oiseaux will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Domaine de Ribonnet in Beaumont-sur-Leze (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, learn about winemaking at L'Envie, and engage your brain at Aeroscopia.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Toulouse day trip site.

Getting from Perpignan to Toulouse by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Perpignan in September since evenings lows in Toulouse dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Foix.
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Foix, France — 5 nights

Foix is a commune, the former capital of the County of Foix. Visiting La Truite Bio de Montferrier and La Maison des Loups will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Parc de la Prehistoire and Chateau de Foix. Venture out of the city with trips to Voie Verte Foix/St Girons (in Saint-Girons), Place des Couverts (in Mirepoix) and VeloMondo (in Leran). There's much more to do: Head underground at Grotte de Niaux, trek along Pays de l'Ours - ADET, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac des Bouillouses, and take some stellar pictures from Col de Pailheres.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Foix vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Toulouse to Foix by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Foix are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sort.
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Sort, Spain — 4 nights

Get a sense of the local culture at Eglesia de Sant Climent de Taull and Monasterio de Santa Maria d'Alao. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Alsnuvols. Change things up with these side-trips from Sort: Congost de Mont-rebei (in Sant Esteve de la Sarga), Circ de Colomers (in Tredos) and Santa Eulalia d'Erill la Vall (in Erill La Vall).

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sort online holiday planner.

You can drive from Foix to Sort in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Alquezar.
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Alquezar, Spain — 4 nights

Alquézar is a municipality in the province of Huesca, in the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Salvelinus Spain Fly Fishing- Pyrenees. Change things up with these side-trips from Alquezar: Aigüestortes i Estany of Saint Maurici National Park (in Espot), Valle de Pineta (in Bielsa) and Basilica de Santa Maria de la Pena (in Graus). The adventure continues: trek along Pasarelas del Vero, take in the dramatic natural features at Abrigos De Mallata, and explore the stunning scenery at Cañón de Añisclo.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Alquezar road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sort to Alquezar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Torla.
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Torla, Spain — 2 nights

Torla-Ordesa is a municipality in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. On the 26th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in touch with nature with Solo Monte and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Torla online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alquezar to Torla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Biarritz.
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Biarritz, France — 4 nights

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and La Cote des Basques will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa Arnaga and Residence Galerie. Explore Biarritz's surroundings by going to Digue de Socoa (in Ciboure), Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and Les Grottes de Sare (in Sare). And it doesn't end there: take a tour of Hermione - La Fayette, take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise d'Ainhoa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier du Littoral.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Torla to Biarritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes, France — 5 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Take a break from the city and head to Parc aux Rapaces - Fauconnerie Marche - Madiran and Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees. Get a sense of the local culture at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and Pic Du Midi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lourdes: Cave de Gan - Jurancon (in Gan) and Cauterets (Pont d'Espagne & Gaube Lake). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, see the interesting displays at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, get engrossed in the history at Le Petit Lourdes, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lourdes trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Biarritz to Lourdes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Biarritz in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lourdes, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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