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:  4​h
3
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Rocamadour, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​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 Toulouse's surroundings by going to Villemoustaussou (O'Vineyards & Winemaker Workshops), Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne, Eglise Saint-Nazaire, & more) and Chateau St Jacques d’Albas (in Laure-Minervois). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Place du Capitole, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, and engage your brain at Cite de l'espace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Toulouse travel route builder site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Toulouse is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Toulouse. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get cooler in Toulouse: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough 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.
Step out of Andorra la Vella with an excursion to Soldeu - El Tarter in Soldeu--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Grandvalira, pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella, take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Roc del Quer, and appreciate the history behind La Noblesse du Temps.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Andorra la Vella trip itinerary maker app .

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

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Escaldes-Engordany, Mirador del Roc del Quer, Santuario de Meritxell, Vallnord Pal-Arinsal, Soldeu - El Tarter
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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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, 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: look and learn at 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..

Before you visit Lourdes, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Andorra la Vella to Lourdes in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lourdes are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, engage your brain at Musee La Maison des Abeilles, make a trip to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, then experience rural life at Ferme La Borie D'Imbert, then step into the grandiose world of Remparts du Chateau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique St-Sauveur.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rocamadour trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Rocamadour takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 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

Gouffre de Padirac, Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne, don't miss a visit to Maison de l'eau et Fontaine des Chartreux, snap pictures at Pont Valentre, then get outside with Mont Saint-Cyr, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie Artisanale Ratz. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Grotte du Pech-Merle, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get in on the excitement at Karthors, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Marche de Cahors.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cahors day trip planner.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Cahors in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough 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 ©
Get out of town with these interesting Cordes-sur-Ciel side-trips: Tours du Roc del Thaluc (in Peyrusse-le-Roc), Eglise Saint-Corneille (in Puycelci) and Chateau Foucaud et parc (in Gaillac).

Make your Cordes-sur-Ciel itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Cahors to Cordes-sur-Ciel takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cordes-sur-Ciel can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up 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, Eglise Saint-Corneille, Tours du Roc del Thaluc, Chateau de Saint Martin Laguepie, Castelnau-de-Montmiral
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Chateau Foucaud et parc ©
Chateau Foucaud et parc
Porte du Vainqueur ©
Porte du Vainqueur
Amarylis ©
Amarylis