23 days in Midi-Pyrenees & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

23 days in Midi-Pyrenees & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

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23 days in Midi-Pyrenees & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  17​h
1
Toulouse, France
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Rocamadour, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cahors, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Villemoustaussou (O'Vineyards & Winemaker Workshops), Chateau St Jacques d’Albas (in Laure-Minervois) and Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne, Eglise Saint-Nazaire, & more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Place du Capitole, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, and get curious at Cite de l'espace.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip maker website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Toulouse is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In December, Toulouse is colder than Johannesburg - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Reserve Africaine de Sigean
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Place du Capitole ©
Place du Capitole
Room Escape Games
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

4
nights
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.
When in Andorra la Vella, make a side trip to see Soldeu - El Tarter in Soldeu, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Grandvalira, appreciate the history behind La Noblesse du Temps, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Andorra la Vella online route planner .

Drive from Toulouse to Andorra la Vella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Escaldes-Engordany, Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, Soldeu - El Tarter, Mirador del Roc del Quer, Santuario de Meritxell
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Grandvalira ©
Grandvalira
Casa de la Vall ©
Casa de la Vall
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal ©
Vallnord Pal-Arinsal

1
night
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuaire Notre-Dame, then browse the exhibits of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Pic Du Midi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Bernadette, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de l'Adoration..

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lourdes trip planning site .

Drive from Andorra la Vella to Lourdes in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Lourdes, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pic Du Midi
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Pic Du Midi ©
Pic Du Midi

2
nights
Rocamadour, France

Rocamadour ©
Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 2nd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, look for all kinds of wild species at La Foret des Singes, and then steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, get curious at Musee La Maison des Abeilles, don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, then relax in the rural setting at Ferme La Borie D'Imbert, then make a trip to Remparts du Chateau, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique St-Sauveur.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocamadour trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Rocamadour takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Rocamadour can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cahors.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, Gouffre de Padirac
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Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac
Rocher des Aigles ©
Rocher des Aigles
Basilique St-Sauveur ©
Basilique St-Sauveur

2
nights
Cahors, France

Cahors ©
Almost entirely surrounded by water, Cahors is a lovely medieval peninsular town located in the heart of the red wine country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne, make a trip to Maison de l'eau et Fontaine des Chartreux, snap pictures at Pont Valentre, then get outside with Mont Saint-Cyr, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brasserie Artisanale Ratz. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotte du Pech-Merle, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then have some family-friendly fun at Karthors, and finally savor the flavors at Marche de Cahors.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cahors driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Cahors takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Cahors are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cordes-sur-Ciel.

Things to do in Cahors

Outdoors Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Room Escape Games, Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Cathedrale Saint-Etienne ©
Cathedrale Saint-Etienne
Pont Valentre ©
Pont Valentre
Karthors ©
Karthors

4
nights
Cordes-sur-Ciel, France

Cordes-sur-Ciel ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Cordes-sur-Ciel: Chateau Foucaud et parc (in Gaillac), Eglise Saint-Corneille (in Puycelci) and Tours du Roc del Thaluc (in Peyrusse-le-Roc).

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordes-sur-Ciel vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cahors to Cordes-sur-Ciel takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cordes-sur-Ciel

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gaillac, Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Chateau de Saint Martin Laguepie, Tours du Roc del Thaluc, Eglise Saint-Corneille
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Chateau Foucaud et parc ©
Chateau Foucaud et parc
Porte du Vainqueur ©
Porte du Vainqueur
Amarylis ©
Amarylis