12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Toulouse
— 1 night
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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lourdes
— 3 nights
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Biarritz
— 2 nights
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Toulouse

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Etienne, then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Bemberg, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of natural History.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse road trip site.

Phoenix, USA to Toulouse is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Toulouse due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in July, things will get cooler in Toulouse: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Toulouse

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Argeles-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then steep yourself in history at Fort Saint-Elme, then stop by Quartier du Moure, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Argeles-sur-Mer trip planner.

Getting from Toulouse to Argeles-sur-Mer by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Argeles-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Comtal and Carcassonne Cathedral. Cité de Carcassonne and Chateaux de Lastours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Chateau de Puilaurens (in Lapradelle-Puilaurens) and Rennes le chateau (in Rennes-le-Chateau). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Lourdes

— 3 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire. Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Lac de Genos-Loudenvielle. Go for a jaunt from Lourdes to Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges to see Cathedrale Sainte Marie about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Basilique Saint-Pie X, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, see the interesting displays at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lourdes trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Lourdes by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carcassonne in July: high temperatures in Lourdes hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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Biarritz

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga. On the next day, trek along Sentier du Littoral.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Biarritz online trip builder.

Getting from Lourdes to Biarritz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Biarritz sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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