26 days in France, Spain & Andorra Itinerary

26 days in France, Spain & Andorra Itinerary

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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 4 nights
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Pamplona, Spain
— 1 night
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Ainsa, Spain
— 1 night
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Gavarnie, France
— 1 night
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Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France
— 2 nights
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Cauterets, France
— 1 night
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Lourdes, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Lary-Soulan, France
— 1 night
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Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 2 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux road trip planning website.

Montreal, Canada to Bordeaux is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Bordeaux. In August in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bilbao, Spain

— 4 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Visit Casco Viejo and La Ribera Market for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to La Concha Beach and Peninsula of Magdalena. Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: San Sebastian - Donostia (Miramar Palace & Monte Igueldo) and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (in Bermeo). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, make a trip to Taberna Plaza Nueva, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bilbao day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Bilbao in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pamplona.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Pamplona, Spain

— 1 night
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): learn about all things military at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Castillo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pamplona, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Ayuntamiento de Pamplona.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pamplona trip app.

Drive from Bilbao to Pamplona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ainsa.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Ainsa, Spain

— 1 night
Aínsa is the main town in the Aínsa-Sobrarbe municipal term, Aragon, Spain.It is located south of the Pyrenees, in a geologically interesting setting. On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Plaza Mayor, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Juegos Tradicionales, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Oficios y Artes Tradicionales de Ainsa, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo Fortaleza de Ainsa, and finally take in breathtaking views at Cañón de Añisclo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ainsa online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Pamplona to Ainsa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Gavarnie.

Things to do in Ainsa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gavarnie, France

— 1 night
Gavarnie is a former commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre-Dame-d’Heas, steep yourself in history at Moulins de Gedre-Dessus, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cirque de Gavarnie.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gavarnie travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ainsa to Gavarnie takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Luz-Saint-Sauveur.

Things to do in Gavarnie

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Sainte-Marie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise des Templiers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent, and finally look and learn at Pic Du Midi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bridge of Napoleon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Solferino, and then take in the awesome beauty at Col de Tourmalet.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Luz-Saint-Sauveur day trip website.

Luz-Saint-Sauveur is just a short distance from Gavarnie. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cauterets.

Things to do in Luz-Saint-Sauveur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cauterets, France

— 1 night
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
On the 9th (Mon), hike along Pont d'Espagne, then trek along Chemin des Cascades, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chemin de Croix Et Creches de L'eglise Notre Dame.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cauterets travel itinerary planner.

Cauterets is just a short distance from Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Cauterets

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Lourdes, France

— 1 night
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lourdes, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cauterets to Lourdes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Lourdes sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Lary-Soulan.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Saint-Lary-Soulan, France

— 1 night
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. On the 11th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle du Neouvielle, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mines de Vielle Aure, and then see the interesting displays at Maison de L'ours.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Lary-Soulan journey maker app.

You can drive from Lourdes to Saint-Lary-Soulan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Saint-Lary-Soulan

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Andorra la Vella, Andorra

— 3 nights
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
Popular historic sites such as Santuario de Meritxell and Casa de la Vall are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Lagos de Tristania and Grandvalira. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sant Joan de Caselles, explore the galleries of Museu Nacional de l'Automobil, and fly down the slopes at Vallnord Pal-Arinsal.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Andorra la Vella road trip site.

You can drive from Saint-Lary-Soulan to Andorra la Vella in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center, France

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours, then snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, and finally learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip planner.

Traveling by car from Andorra la Vella to Carcassonne Center takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toulouse, France

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
On the 17th (Tue), engage your brain at Cite de l'espace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, then take a peaceful walk through Foret de Bouconne, then contemplate the waterfront views at Garonne, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Toulouse day trip planning site.

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Rocamadour, France

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Remparts du Chateau, look for all kinds of wild species at La Foret des Singes, then identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, then Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, and finally experience rural life at Ferme La Borie D'Imbert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, get curious at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then don't miss a visit to Gouffre de Padirac.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rocamadour planning website.

Getting from Toulouse to Rocamadour by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Rocamadour when traveling from Toulouse in September, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Andorra travel guide

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Thermal Spas · Ski Areas · Fun & Games
Andorra's wild popularity among tourists can be attributed to its gently sloped ski resorts, extensive hiking trails, and duty-free shopping. The skyline features the ubiquitous outline of the rugged Pyrenees mountain range, with average elevations of 1,996 m (6,549 ft). Tranquillity and relaxation ensue at altitudes of 1,000 m (3,281 ft) at the well-known Caldea Spa Complex, distinguished by its elegant glass spires. If you prefer a little retail therapy, try the duty-free shopping in the capital city Andorra la Vella's bustling avenues. Sightseeing includes Romaneque churches, shrines, and historic houses, including a replica of the famous statue of Our Lady of Meritxell, which was destroyed in a 1972 fire. Andorra's Catalan culture, including folk dances and music, is very much alive today in the town of Sant Julià de Lòria.

Carcassonne travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Castles · Churches
Medieval Heart of France
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.

For an interesting and fun ride, board a barge that moves along the historic Canal du Midi, leaving from just outside the main train station. Operators provide English commentary on the history of the canal and various sites in the Aude department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region along the way. When you get hungry, a culinary must for you to try is cassoulet, a local dish made from beans, sausage, and duck.