13 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

13 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

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1
Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
2
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
3
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 2 nights
4
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
5
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Biarritz to Hendaye to see Plage d'Hendaye about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Cote des Basques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and have fun at Internationaux de Cesta Punta.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Biarritz road trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Biarritz is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Biarritz. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bayonne, Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Plage d'Hendaye
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Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium de Biarritz
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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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, thentake 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.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lourdes trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Lourdes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Biarritz in December, with highs in Lourdes at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive 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 ©
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): admire the verdant scenery at Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, thenfly down the slopes at Grandvalira, and then admire the striking features of Casa de la Vall. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museu Casa d'Areny-Plandolit, hit the slopes at Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Escaldes-Engordany trip maker website.

You can drive from Lourdes to Escaldes-Engordany in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters, Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, Casa de la Vall, Museu Casa d'Areny-Plandolit
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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, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne route planner.

You can drive from Escaldes-Engordany to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive 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
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

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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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Toulouse route tool.

Drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Toulouse are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Tours
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Le Capitole ©
Le Capitole
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Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin