9 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

9 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take an unorthodox tour of La Maison Hantee and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne day trip app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Carcassonne is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Carcassonne, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
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Toulouse, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Le Capitole, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Toulouse travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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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: Chapelle aux Icones. (in Cambo les Bains), Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray). The adventure continues: get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium de Biarritz, enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Biarritz trip builder.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Biarritz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Toulouse in August, plan for slightly colder days in Biarritz, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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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 (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Lourdes trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Biarritz to Lourdes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Lourdes, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sort.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Sort, Spain

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get outside with Aiguadicciorialp and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sort trip builder tool.

You can drive from Lourdes to Sort in 3 hours. Traveling from Lourdes in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Sort. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Sort

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

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