15 days in The Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

15 days in The Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

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15 days in The Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem, Israel
Fly:  11​h
1
Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Padirac, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: Jerusalem, Israel

3
nights
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Cote des Basques and Plage de l'Uhabia. Relax by the water at Plage d'Hendaye and Plage des Alcyons. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Plage de la Milady, head outdoors with Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes, pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Superbe.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Biarritz trip tool .

Jerusalem, Israel to Biarritz is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jerusalem in August, expect Biarritz to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Padirac.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Anglet, Guethary, Bidart, Plage d'Hendaye, Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
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Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Plage des Cavaliers ©
Plage des Cavaliers
Plage de la Milady ©
Plage de la Milady

1
night
Padirac, France

Padirac ©
On the 10th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Autoire Valley, get outside with Saint-Cere Equitation, and then don't miss a visit to Gouffre de Padirac.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Padirac tour planning app .

You can drive from Biarritz to Padirac in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Biarritz in August, plan for little chillier nights in Padirac, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Padirac

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Autoire Valley, Saint-Cere Equitation
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Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and Le Cocagne. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul, ponder the design of Place Carnot, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Padirac to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. August in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Outdoors
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Chateau Canet ©
Chateau Canet

1
night
Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Andorra la Vella ©
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll through Grandvalira Ski Resort.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Andorra la Vella trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Andorra la Vella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Grandvalira
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Grandvalira ©
Grandvalira

5
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Relax by the water at La Concha Beach and Basque Coast Geopark. Get in touch with nature at Monte Igueldo and Zurriola Beach. Take a break from San Sebastian - Donostia with a short trip to Casco Viejo in Bilbao, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Parte Vieja, don't miss a visit to Peine del Viento, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia attractions planner .

You can drive from Andorra la Vella to San Sebastian - Donostia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in San Sebastian - Donostia sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Casco Viejo
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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