22 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

22 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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22 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

Start: Durham, United Kingdom
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Biarritz, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Gavarnie, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Torla, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Sort, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Carcassonne, France
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
End: Durham, United Kingdom

6
nights
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Visiting La Cote des Basques and Plage du Miramar will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage d'Hendaye and Plage de l'Uhabia. Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray) and Circuit de la Chapelle de l'Aubepine (in Ainhoa). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Plage de la Milady, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Mayarco, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie, and take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Biarritz online tour itinerary planner.

Durham, UK to Biarritz is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Durham in July: high temperatures in Biarritz hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gavarnie.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Anglet, Guethary, River Rafting & Tubing, Plage de l'Uhabia
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Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Grande Plage ©
Grande Plage
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Gavarnie, France

Gavarnie
Gavarnie is a former commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get outside with Cirque de Troumouse, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre-Dame-d’Heas, then don't miss a visit to Moulins de Gedre-Dessus, and finally admire the sheer force of Cirque de Gavarnie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Cirque d'Estaube, take in the dramatic natural features at La Breche De Roland, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Port, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Col de Tourmalet.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gavarnie trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Biarritz to Gavarnie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Torla.

Things to do in Gavarnie

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gedre, Col de Tourmalet
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Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque d'Estaube ©
Cirque d'Estaube
Cirque de Troumouse ©
Cirque de Troumouse

4
nights
Torla, Spain

Torla ©
Torla-Ordesa is a municipality in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Get outdoors at Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore Torla's surroundings by going to Ruta De Las Pasarelas (in Alquezar), St. Martin Church (in Olivan) and Mirador de Janovas (in Fiscal). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Valle de Pineta, explore the stunning scenery at Cañón de Añisclo, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Oficios y Artes Tradicionales de Ainsa.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Torla trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Gavarnie to Torla in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Sort.

Things to do in Torla

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ainsa, Alquezar, Valle de Pineta, Cascada de Sorrosal, St. Martin Church
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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park ©
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Cañón de Añisclo ©
Cañón de Añisclo

3
nights
Sort, Spain

Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Saut Deth Pish. Change things up with these side-trips from Sort: Eglesia de Sant Climent de Taull (in Taull), Monasterio de Santa Maria d'Alao (in Sopeira) and Circ de Colomers (in Tredos).

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sort tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Torla to Sort takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sort

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Formatgeria Casa Mateu, Circ de Colomers, Congost de Mont-rebei, Estany de Montcortes, Monasterio de Santa Maria d'Alao
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River Rafting & Tubing
Circ de Colomers ©
Circ de Colomers
Saut Deth Pish ©
Saut Deth Pish

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Franqui Beach and Crique du Porteil. Step out of the city life by going to Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and Reserve Africaine de Sigean. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Chateau Fabre Cordon (in Peyriac-de-Mer), Via Domitia of Narbonne (in Narbonne) and La Chapelle des Oubliels (in Portel-des-Corbieres). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, get outside with Lac de Jouarres, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Sort to Carcassonne in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Toulouse, Collioure, La Chapelle des Oubliels, Reserve Africaine de Sigean, Crique du Porteil
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Reserve Africaine de Sigean ©
Reserve Africaine de Sigean