8 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

8 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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8 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Bayonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de l'Adoration..

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lourdes trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Lourdes is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Lourdes is 1 hour. In April in Lourdes, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites
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2
nights
Bayonne, France

Bayonne ©
Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, stroll through La Cote des Basques, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium de Biarritz, then get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, and finally get great views at La Terrasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Benat Fromager, get outside with Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Vincent, then make a trip to Chapelle de Socorri, and finally play a few rounds at Dioxka Golf Academie.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bayonne travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Bayonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Bayonne, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayonne

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Biarritz, Guethary, Urrugne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Dioxka Golf Academie
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Dioxka Golf Academie ©
Dioxka Golf Academie
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium de Biarritz

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Auzias. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some photo ops at Buste de Cros Mayrevieille, then contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne itinerary builder website .

Getting from Bayonne to Carcassonne by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Escaldes-Engordany.

Things to do in Carcassonne

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

1
night
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 7th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Grandvalira, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella, then steep yourself in history at Casa de la Vall, and finally stroll around Parc Central.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Escaldes-Engordany itinerary site .

Drive from Carcassonne to Escaldes-Engordany in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Andorra la Vella
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Grandvalira ©
Grandvalira
Casa de la Vall ©
Casa de la Vall
Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella ©
Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Place du Capitole, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Escaldes-Engordany to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Toulouse sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Le Capitole ©
Le Capitole
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins