12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Perpignan, France
— 1 night
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Sort, Spain
— 1 night
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Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
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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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Carcassonne is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, Carcassonne is little chillier than Tel Aviv - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Perpignan.
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Perpignan, France — 1 night

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale St-Jean, then get great views at Castillet, then admire the striking features of Hotel Pams, and finally walk around Promenade du Front de Mer.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Perpignan trip maker.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Perpignan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sort.
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Sort, Spain — 1 night

On the 7th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Pirineo de Lleida, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cervesa Artesana Ctretze Pirineus, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sort trip planner.

You can drive from Perpignan to Sort in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes, France — 2 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau and then look and learn at Pic Du Midi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lourdes tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sort to Lourdes takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lourdes are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Biarritz.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: BiPiA (in Larressore), Plage d'Hendaye (in Hendaye) and Digue de Socoa (in Ciboure). There's lots more to do: step aboard Hermione - La Fayette, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the exciting artwork at Residence Galerie, and kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Biarritz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Toulouse.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Le Capitole and then engage your brain at Aeroscopia.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Toulouse sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Toulouse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. September in Toulouse sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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