12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Sort, Spain
— 1 night
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Alquezar, Spain
— 1 night
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Torla, Spain
— 1 night
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Lourdes, France
— 1 night
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Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France

— 2 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.
Go for a jaunt from Carcassonne to Niaux to see Grotte de Niaux about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, take an unorthodox tour of La Maison Hantee, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Carcassonne is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sort.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Sort, Spain

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Fri), get outside with Aiguadicciorialp and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Sort trip builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sort takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Carcassonne in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sort, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alquezar.

Things to do in Sort

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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Alquezar, Spain

— 1 night
Alquézar is a municipality in the province of Huesca, in the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Abrigos De Mallata, then don't miss a visit to Colegiata Santa Maria la Mayor, then trek along Pasarelas del Vero, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Alquezar online road trip planner.

Drive from Sort to Alquezar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Sort in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Alquezar, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Torla.

Things to do in Alquezar

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

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Torla, Spain

— 1 night
Torla-Ordesa is a municipality in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Torla trip app.

Getting from Alquezar to Torla by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Lourdes.

Things to do in Torla

Parks · Nature
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Lourdes, France

— 1 night
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lourdes online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Torla to Lourdes takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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Biarritz, France

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Biarritz: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray) and Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia). There's lots more to do: get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip planner.

Drive from Lourdes to Biarritz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Toulouse, France

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Fri), engage your brain at Cite de l'espace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. On your second day here, make a trip to Le Capitole, slough off your stress at Le Riad du Bien etre, contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Theatre du Capitole.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Toulouse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Biarritz in July, you will find days in Toulouse are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife · Baths
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