21 days in Athens & The Pyrenees Itinerary

21 days in Athens & The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Start: Athens, Greece
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
2
Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Argeles-sur-Mer, France
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
4
Espot, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Torla, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Gavarnie, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Saint-Lary-Soulan, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Hendaye, France
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: Athens, Greece

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some historical perspective at Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Get outdoors at Mount Lycabettus and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Plaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip builder app.

If you are flying in from Greece, the closest major aiport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Ancient Agora of Athens ©
Ancient Agora of Athens

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal. Visiting Eaurizon and Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Heptagonale Sainte Marie.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Athens to Carcassonne by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in May, with highs in Carcassonne at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

1
night
Argeles-sur-Mer, France

Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Le Sentier du Littoral, get outside with Battle Archery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Argeles-sur-Mer trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Argeles-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Argeles-sur-Mer can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Espot.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Le Sentier du Littoral
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Espot, Spain

Espot ©
Espot is a municipality in the comarca of the Pallars Sobirà in Catalonia, Spain. Step out of the city life by going to Congost de Mont-rebei and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Espot: Circ de Colomers (in Tredos), El Cinque LLac (in La Pobla de Segur) and Torre de Barta (in Salas de Pallars). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Aiguadicciorialp, pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Joan d'Isil, and hit the slopes at Escola esqui Base Estacio.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Espot road trip app.

Getting from Argeles-sur-Mer to Espot by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Torla.

Things to do in Espot

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Circ de Colomers, El Cinque LLac, Parasailing & Paragliding, Torre de Barta, Aiguadicciorialp
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Circ de Colomers ©
Circ de Colomers
Sant Joan d'Isil ©
Sant Joan d'Isil
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Torla, Spain

Torla ©
Torla-Ordesa is a municipality in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin Church and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Ara, identify plant and animal life at Via Ferrata de Cascada de Sorrosal, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Sorrosal.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Torla travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Espot to Torla takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gavarnie.

Things to do in Torla

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Broto, St. Martin Church
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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park ©
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
St. Martin Church ©
St. Martin Church
Cascada de Sorrosal ©
Cascada de Sorrosal

1
night
Gavarnie, France

Gavarnie
Gavarnie is a former commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Moulins de Gedre-Dessus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame-d’Heas, thenget outside with Cirque d'Estaube, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cirque de Gavarnie.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gavarnie trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Torla to Gavarnie by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Lary-Soulan.

Things to do in Gavarnie

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Gedre
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Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque d'Estaube ©
Cirque d'Estaube
Chapelle Notre-Dame-d’Heas ©
Chapelle Notre-Dame-d’Heas

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night
Saint-Lary-Soulan, France

Saint-Lary-Soulan ©
Saint-Lary-Soulan is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France.GeographySaint-Lary is located in Hautes-Pyrénées 80 km south of the département's capital Tarbes, next to the Le Néouvielle Nature Reserve and the Pyrenees National Park and is a 20-minute drive to Spain.SportsSkiingSaint-Lary-Soulan is one of the largest ski resorts in the French Pyrenees with over 100 km of downhill slopes. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get outside with Parcours Aventure Moudang, thenidentify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle du Neouvielle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saint-Lary-Soulan online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Gavarnie to Saint-Lary-Soulan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hendaye.

Things to do in Saint-Lary-Soulan

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Parcours Aventure Moudang, Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees
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Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees ©
Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees

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nights
Hendaye, France

Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. Get outdoors at La Corniche Basque d'Urrugne and Centre de Tourisme Equestre Larrun Alde. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hendaye: Eglise d'Ainhoa (in Ainhoa) and Initiation a la Cesta Punta (in Saint-Jean-de-Luz). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Chapelle du Mont du Calvaire, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Randonnee de la Montagne de Ciboure (Ziburu Mendi), look for all kinds of wild species at Corniche Basque, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hendaye travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Saint-Lary-Soulan to Hendaye takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hendaye

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Urrugne, Eglise d'Ainhoa, Initiation a la Cesta Punta, Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Chapelle du Mont du Calvaire ©
Chapelle du Mont du Calvaire
La Corniche Basque d'Urrugne ©
La Corniche Basque d'Urrugne

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