20 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

20 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Drive to Ben Gurion International Airport, Fly to Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport, Drive to Cambo les Bains
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Cambo les Bains, France
— 3 nights
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Saint-Lary-Soulan, France
— 2 nights
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Encamp, Andorra
— 1 night
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Villefranche-de-Conflent, France
— 2 nights
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Argeles-sur-Mer, France
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
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Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
— 2 nights
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Cauterets, France
— 3 nights
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Drive to Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport, Fly to Ben Gurion International Airport, Drive to Jerusalem

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Cambo les Bains, France — 3 nights

Cambo-les-Bains is a town in the traditional Basque province of Labourd, now in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France on the south-western bank of the river Nive.PeopleIn 1900, Edmond Rostand, writer of the play Cyrano de Bergerac, came to Cambo-les-Bains because of his pulmonary disease. Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa Arnaga and Ferme d'Agerria. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Arteka. Go for a jaunt from Cambo les Bains to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to see La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for gifts at L'Atelier du Piment, see Off-Road Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise d'Ainhoa, and Head underground at Grottes d'Oxocelhaya et d'Isturits.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cambo les Bains journey planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Cambo les Bains is an approximately 12-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Cambo les Bains. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in August: high temperatures in Cambo les Bains hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Lary-Soulan.
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Saint-Lary-Soulan, France — 2 nights

Saint-Lary-Soulan is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France.GeographySaint-Lary is located in Hautes-Pyrénées 80 km south of the département's capital Tarbes, next to the Le Néouvielle Nature Reserve and the Pyrenees National Park and is a 20-minute drive to Spain.SportsSkiingSaint-Lary-Soulan is one of the largest ski resorts in the French Pyrenees with over 100 km of downhill slopes. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): Head underground at Gouffre D'Esparros, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Genos-Loudenvielle, and then identify plant and animal life at Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Neouvielle and then hike along Vallee du Rioumajou.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Lary-Soulan road trip site.

Traveling by car from Cambo les Bains to Saint-Lary-Soulan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Encamp.
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Encamp, Andorra — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Mirador del Roc del Quer, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle de Incles, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Engolasters Lake-Les Pardines Path, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa de la Vall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Encamp online trip builder.

Getting from Saint-Lary-Soulan to Encamp by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Villefranche-de-Conflent.
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Villefranche-de-Conflent, France — 2 nights

Villefranche-de-Conflent is historically a town in the Conflent region of Catalonia, and now a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyLocalityVillefranche-de-Conflent is located in the canton of Les Pyrénées catalanes and in the arrondissement of Prades.The town's confined site, at about 440 m above sea level, is relatively level ground surrounded by the northeast-flowing river Têt (on the town's west and north), the Cady, which flows north to empty into the Têt (on the east), and a peak (at nearly 800 m), less than 800 m away (on the south).TransportRoadsThe N116 from Perpignan on the Mediterranean passes, as a two-lane highway, between the southern town wall and an embankment cut into the high ground to the south; this route continues west into the adjacent Cerdagne region.Train The town's train station starts and ends the route of the scenic Yellow train. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de Caranca, stop by La Boutique du Champignon, then steep yourself in history at Fort Liberia, and finally don't miss a visit to Ramparts of Villefranche-de-Conflent. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, Head underground at Grotte des Canalettes, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Villefranche-de-Conflent day trip planning app.

You can drive from Encamp to Villefranche-de-Conflent in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Villefranche-de-Conflent are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Argeles-sur-Mer.
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Argeles-sur-Mer, France — 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Queribus and Canyoning Park. Step out of the city life by going to Sentier du Littoral and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. When in Argeles-sur-Mer, make a side trip to see Le Sentier Sous-Marin de Cerbere-Banyuls in Cerbere, approximately Cerbere away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Raho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, make a trip to Fort Saint-Elme, and wander the streets of Quartier du Moure.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Argeles-sur-Mer trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Argeles-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau Comtal and Cathar Castles. Escape the urban bustle at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and Etang Du Doul Et De La Saline. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Canal de la Robine (in Narbonne) and Gouffre de l'Oeil Doux (in Fleury). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lac de Cavayere, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, Head underground at Grotte de Limousis, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Argeles-sur-Mer to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Argeles-sur-Mer in August since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tarascon-sur-Ariege.
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Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France — 2 nights

On the 18th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Niaux and then don't miss a visit to Grotte de Lombrives. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Parc de la Prehistoire, look for all kinds of wild species at Ferme des Reptiles, and then admire the striking features of Place des Couverts.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tarascon-sur-Ariege trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Tarascon-sur-Ariege takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Cauterets.
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Cauterets, France — 3 nights

Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
On the 20th (Sat), trek along Chemin des Cascades and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Dungeon of Eagles, don't miss a visit to Bridge of Napoleon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac D'Estaing.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cauterets day trip planner.

Getting from Tarascon-sur-Ariege to Cauterets by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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