16 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

16 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Lourdes
— 3 nights
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Biarritz
— 3 nights
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Toulouse

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Couvent des Jacobins. When in Toulouse, make a side trip to see Grotte de Niaux in Niaux, approximately Niaux away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of natural History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Etienne, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, and contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Toulouse online trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Toulouse is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Toulouse is 7 hours. In May in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Argeles-sur-Mer

— 3 nights
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Thermes de Vernet Les Bains and Quartier du Moure. Change things up with these side-trips from Argeles-sur-Mer: Fort Liberia (in Villefranche-de-Conflent) and Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier du Littoral, admire the striking features of Moulin de Collioure, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Jean, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Argeles-sur-Mer trip maker.

Getting from Toulouse to Argeles-sur-Mer by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Argeles-sur-Mer are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathar Castles and O'Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Halles de Narbonne (in Narbonne), Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret) and Notre-Dame-des-Auzils (in Gruissan). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne day trip planning website.

Getting from Argeles-sur-Mer to Carcassonne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Argeles-sur-Mer in June, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Lourdes

— 3 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilique Saint-Pie X and Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire. Explore Lourdes' surroundings by going to Jardin Massey (in Tarbes) and Climbing Tours (in Saint-Lary-Soulan). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, don't miss a visit to Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lourdes day trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Lourdes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, expect nights in Lourdes to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

Biarritz

— 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Port de Saint-jean-de-Luz. and Villa Arnaga. When in Biarritz, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Hendaye, approximately Hendaye away. There's lots more to do: trek along Sentier du Littoral, enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, don't miss a visit to Port des Pecheurs, and take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Jacques Thibaud.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Biarritz sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Biarritz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15: