29 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

29 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Toulouse, France
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Carcassonne, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Sort, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Alquezar, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Lourdes, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Seattle, United States

4
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, pick up some local products at Marche Victor Hugo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

To see maps and tourist information, read Toulouse day trip website.

Seattle, USA to Toulouse is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. In May, daytime highs in Toulouse are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Grotte de Niaux, Aeroscopia, Parc de la Prehistoire
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Le Capitole ©
Le Capitole
Musee des Augustins ©
Musee des Augustins
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

5
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Chateau Grand Moulin (in Lezignan-Corbieres), Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne) and Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Guery, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip maker.

Traveling by train from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Escaldes-Engordany.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Chateau Grand Moulin, Abbaye de Fontfroide, Reserve Africaine de Sigean
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

2
nights
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

Escaldes-Engordany ©
Boasting a host of hot springs and just a stone's throw away from the capital, Les Escalades is a popular choice for those who want some rest and relaxation after hitting the slopes or the stores.
On the 12th (Tue), admire the verdant scenery at Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, hit the slopes at Grandvalira, and then admire the striking features of Casa de la Vall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Mirador del Roc del Quer, then head outdoors with Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Escaldes-Engordany vacation builder site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Escaldes-Engordany in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sort.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters, Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, Mirador del Roc del Quer, Casa de la Vall
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Grandvalira ©
Grandvalira
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley ©
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal ©
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal

3
nights
Sort, Spain

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sort: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Ager), Eglesia de Sant Climent de Taull (in Taull) and Esglesia de la Nativitat de Durro (in Durro).

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sort online trip planner.

Getting from Escaldes-Engordany to Sort by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sort are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Alquezar.

Things to do in Sort

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sant Joan de Boi, El Cinque LLac, Parasailing & Paragliding, Eglesia de Sant Climent de Taull, Esglesia de la Nativitat de Durro
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River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Eglesia de Sant Climent de Taull ©
Eglesia de Sant Climent de Taull

4
nights
Alquezar, Spain

Alquezar ©
Alquézar is a municipality in the province of Huesca, in the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. Explore Alquezar's surroundings by going to Aigüestortes i Estany of Saint Maurici National Park (in Espot), Valle de Pineta (in Bielsa) and Huesca (Mirador del Rio Vero & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the stunning scenery at Cañón de Añisclo, trek along Benasque Cerler Anciles, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alquezar trip planner.

You can drive from Sort to Alquezar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Sort in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Alquezar. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lourdes.

Things to do in Alquezar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ainsa, Huesca, Aigüestortes i Estany of Saint Maurici National Park, Benasque Cerler Anciles, Valle de Pineta
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Cañón de Añisclo ©
Cañón de Añisclo

4
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Explore Lourdes' surroundings by going to Pont d'Espagne (in Cauterets), Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees (in Arreau) and Pic Du Midi (in La Mongie). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, Head underground at Grotte de La Verna, and snap pictures at Passerelle d'Holzarte.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lourdes sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Alquezar to Lourdes in 4 hours. While traveling from Alquezar, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lourdes, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sainte-Engrace, Cauterets, Larrau, Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise, Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees
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Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees ©
Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Passerelle d'Holzarte ©
Passerelle d'Holzarte

5
nights
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

Saint-Jean-de-Luz ©
Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Jean-de-Luz: Cambo les Bains (Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Sources. & Villa Arnaga), Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne (in Bayonne) and Rocher de la Vierge (in Biarritz). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, and trek along Sentier du Littoral.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Jean-de-Luz travel route planner.

Getting from Lourdes to Saint-Jean-de-Luz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cambo les Bains, Bayonne, Biarritz, Hendaye, Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes
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Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste