21 days in Athens & The Pyrenees Itinerary

21 days in Athens & The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Argeles-sur-Mer, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Espot, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Torla, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gavarnie, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Lary-Soulan, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Hendaye, France
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

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 Hephaestus. Get outdoors at Mount Lycabettus and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip maker website.

If you are flying in from Greece, the closest major aiports are Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Skiathos Island National Airport and Mikonos Airport. In May, daytime highs in Athens are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Carcassonne, France

— 4 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal. Visiting Eaurizon and Lac de Jouarres will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, 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 · Nature

Argeles-sur-Mer, France

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier du Littoral, then have some family-friendly fun at Ludo Loisirs, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Argeles-sur-Mer trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Argeles-sur-Mer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Espot.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Espot, Spain

— 3 nights
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 El Cinque LLac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Espot: Torre de Barta (in Salas de Pallars), Circ de Colomers (in Tredos) and Sant Joan d'Isil (in Isil). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Escola esqui Base Estacio, and head outdoors with Aiguadicciorialp.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Espot travel planning app.

Drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Espot in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Torla.

Things to do in Espot

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Torla, Spain

— 2 nights
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 · 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 9th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Moulins de Gedre-Dessus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame-d’Heas, then get 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 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Lary-Soulan.

Things to do in Gavarnie

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get outside with Parcours Aventure Moudang, then identify 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

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hendaye, France

— 4 nights
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 Dioxka Golf Academie 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: identify plant and animal life at Corniche Basque, head outdoors with Chapelle du Mont du Calvaire, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Randonnee de la Montagne de Ciboure (Ziburu Mendi).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hendaye journey planner.

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hendaye

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips