43 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

43 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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43 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Toulouse, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Collioure, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ille-sur-Tet, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Carcassonne Center, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Taull, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Jaca, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Lourdes, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Espelette, France
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parc de la Prehistoire and Chateau de Foix. Basilique Saint-Sernin and Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Les Forges de Pyrène (in Foix), Boutique des Colporteurs (in Soueix-Rogalle) and Cathedrale Saint-Lizier (in Saint-Lizier). Fill the 13th (Sat) with science at Cite de l'espace. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Aeroscopia, contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Bonnefont, don't miss a visit to Marche Victor Hugo, and admire the masterpieces at Fondation Bemberg.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Toulouse is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Toulouse due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in July since evenings lows in Toulouse dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Collioure.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Foix, Abbaye de Bonnefont, Aeroscopia, Boutique des Colporteurs, Parc de la Prehistoire
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Fondation Bemberg ©
Fondation Bemberg
Aeroscopia ©
Aeroscopia
Cathedrale Saint-Lizier ©
Cathedrale Saint-Lizier

3
nights
Collioure, France

Collioure ©
Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. Visit Fort Saint-Elme and Cathedrale St-Jean for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentier du Littoral and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Collioure: Lac de la Raho (in Villeneuve-de-la-Raho) and Castillet (in Perpignan). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, find something for the whole family at Canyoning Park, wander the streets of Quartier du Moure, and steep yourself in history at Maternite Suisse.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Collioure trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Toulouse to Collioure by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ille-sur-Tet.

Things to do in Collioure

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Banyuls-sur-mer, Argeles-sur-Mer, Perpignan, Lac de la Raho, Maternite Suisse
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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Fort Saint-Elme ©
Fort Saint-Elme
Eglise Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise Notre Dame des Anges
Maternite Suisse ©
Maternite Suisse

2
nights
Ille-sur-Tet, France

Ille-sur-Tet ©
Ille-sur-Têt is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales département in southern France.Its inhabitants are called Illois.GeographyThe commune is situated in the Ribéral region along the route nationale 116 and is crossed by the Têt River (in the north), as well as by its tributary, the Boulès (in the south). On the 17th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Puilaurens, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Queribus, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnou, then take in the dramatic natural features at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Village Medieval de Castelnou, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Sulpice, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, and finally make a trip to Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ille-sur-Tet trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Collioure to Ille-sur-Tet in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Ille-sur-Tet are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Ille-sur-Tet

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Castelnou, Chateau de Puilaurens, Eglise Saint-Sulpice, Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption
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Chateau de Puilaurens ©
Chateau de Puilaurens
Chateau de Queribus ©
Chateau de Queribus
Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa ©
Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa

5
nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateaux de Lastours and Cathar Castles. Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses and Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina. Explore Carcassonne Center's surroundings by going to Les Halles de Narbonne (in Narbonne), Chateau de Termes (in Termes) and Abbaye de Lagrasse (in Lagrasse). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Carcassonne Medieval City, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and don't miss a visit to Rennes le chateau.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ille-sur-Tet to Carcassonne Center takes 1.5 hours. In July in Carcassonne Center, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rennes-le-Chateau, Carcassonne, Lagrasse, Chateau de Termes, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

6
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.
Visit Santuario de Meritxell and Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Illa Carlemany Shopping Center and Pyrenees Andorra. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Andorra la Vella: Sant Jaume de Ransol (in Ransol), Tristaina Lake Trail (in Arinsal) and Lagos de Tristania (in El Serrat). Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Naturlandia. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Joan de Caselles, examine the collection at Museu Nacional de l'Automobil, identify plant and animal life at Valle de Incles, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa de la Vall.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Andorra la Vella holiday planning site .

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Andorra la Vella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taull.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Escaldes-Engordany, Canillo, Museu Casa d'Areny-Plandolit, Tobotronc, C.S. Santa Coloma
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Lagos de Tristania ©
Lagos de Tristania
Valle de Incles ©
Valle de Incles
Church of Sant Joan de Caselles ©
Church of Sant Joan de Caselles

5
nights
Taull, Spain

Taull ©
Visit Iglesia de Santa Eulalia d'Erill la Vall and Chateau d'Ainsa-Sobrarbe for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Esglesia de Sant Climent de Taull and Ermita de Sant Quirc de Durro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taull: Cathedral San Vicente de Roda de Isabena (in Roda de Isabena), Saut Deth Pish (in Vielha) and Sant Andreu de Salardu (in Salardu).

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taull day trip site .

Drive from Andorra la Vella to Taull in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Jaca.

Things to do in Taull

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ainsa, Durro, Cathedral San Vicente de Roda de Isabena, Esglesia de Santa Maria de Cardet, Cascadas del Boom
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Santa Eulalia d'Erill la Vall ©
Santa Eulalia d'Erill la Vall
Esglesia de Sant Climent de Taull ©
Esglesia de Sant Climent de Taull

4
nights
Jaca, Spain

Jaca ©
Jaca is a city of northeastern Spain in the province of Huesca, located near the Pyrenees and the border with France. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Jaca and Museo Diocesano de Jaca - Arte Romanico. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ciudadela De Jaca and Ciudadela de Jaca. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Castillo De Javier (in Javier), Ruta de las Pasarelas (in Alquezar) and Monasterio de Leyre (in Yesa). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Estación de Canfranc, make a trip to Santa Cruz de la Seros, identify plant and animal life at Selva de Irati, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Rio Vero.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jaca road trip site .

You can drive from Taull to Jaca in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lourdes.

Things to do in Jaca

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Cruz de la Seros, Museo Castillo De Javier, Colegiata de Roncesvalles, Selva de Irati, Monasterio de Leyre
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Cathedral of Jaca ©
Cathedral of Jaca
Estación de Canfranc ©
Estación de Canfranc

6
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilique Saint-Pie X. and Dungeon of Eagles. SARL DU SANCTUAIRE and Fort Du Portalet will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Lourdes: Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees (in Arreau), Lac de Gaube (in Cauterets) and Cathedral of Saint Bertrand de Comminges (in Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, get outside with Les Gorges de Kakuetta, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cirque de Lescun.

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Getting from Jaca to Lourdes by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Lourdes sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Espelette.

Things to do in Lourdes

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Grottes de Betharram, Gaube Lake, Dungeon of Eagles, Fort Du Portalet, Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Cathedrale Sainte Marie ©
Cathedrale Sainte Marie

6
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Espelette, France

Espelette ©
Chateau d'Abbadie and Chateau de Maytie d'Andurain will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Villa Arnaga and L'atelier du chocolat de bayonne. Explore Espelette's surroundings by going to Basque Museum (Musee Basque) (in Bayonne), Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Maison Louis XIV, & more) and Don Quichosse (in Osses).

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Espelette trip maker .

Drive from Lourdes to Espelette in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Espelette sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Espelette

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Biarritz, Bayonne, Mauleon-Licharre, Villa Arnaga
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Chateau Observatoire Abbadia ©
Chateau Observatoire Abbadia
Basque Museum (Musee Basque) ©
Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
Grande Plage ©
Grande Plage