13 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

13 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

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13 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco, United States

2
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.
Step out of Biarritz with an excursion to Plage d'Hendaye in Hendaye--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Biarritz road trip planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Biarritz is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Biarritz is 9 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bayonne, Plage d'Hendaye, Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption
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Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Room Escape Games
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge

1
night
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, 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.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lourdes route maker website .

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Lourdes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Biarritz in December, things will get slightly colder in Lourdes: highs are around 51°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Escaldes-Engordany.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©

2
nights
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

Escaldes-Engordany ©
Boasting a host of hot springs and just a stone's throw away from the capital, Les Escalades is a popular choice for those who want some rest and relaxation after hitting the slopes or the stores.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the views at Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, then hit the slopes at Grandvalira, and then admire the striking features of Casa de la Vall. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museu Casa d'Areny-Plandolit, then hit the slopes at Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Escaldes-Engordany online travel route planner .

Drive from Lourdes to Escaldes-Engordany in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Casa de la Vall, Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters, Museu Casa d'Areny-Plandolit, Vallnord Pal-Arinsal
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Grandvalira ©
Grandvalira
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal ©
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley ©
Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, museums, nature, wineries, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and fly down the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne journey planner .

Getting from Escaldes-Engordany to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
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.
Toulouse is known for historic sites, fun & games, museums, childrens museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Place du Capitole, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Toulouse vacation planner .

You can take a train from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Tours
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Place du Capitole ©
Place du Capitole
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Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin