14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 3 nights
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Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive
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Grenoble
— 1 night
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Baume-les-Dames
— 1 night
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Lyon

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Plan D'Eau de Bordelan and then steep yourself in history at Cite medievale de Perouges.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary builder app.

Heidelberg, Germany to Lyon is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Lyon

Neighborhoods · Tours · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 3 nights
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
We've included these beaches for you: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach and Plage de Piemanson. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Les Balades en Caleche de Nico. Change things up with these side-trips from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: Saint-Gilles (Abbatiale de Saint Gilles & Oiveraie Jeanjean). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, get a taste of life in the country at Manade Cavallini, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or fly. September in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Le Lavandou

— 4 nights
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Cavaliere and Plage de Jean Blanc. Explore hidden gems such as Grande Plage du Lavandou and Plage de l'Estagnol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Le Lavandou: Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud), Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin) and La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach & Plage de Sylvabelle). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Aiguebelle, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Louis, do a tasting at Domaine de l'Anglade, and relax and rejuvenate at Tanaka Spa.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Le Lavandou road trip planner.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Le Lavandou in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Le Lavandou are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Aix-en-Provence

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip planning tool.

You can drive from Le Lavandou to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
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Grenoble

— 1 night

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): wander the streets of Place Grenette, then relax and rejuvenate at Surane Spa, and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Montagne.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Grenoble takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in September, expect Grenoble to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Baume-les-Dames.

Things to do in Grenoble

Spas · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Baume-les-Dames

— 1 night
Baume-les-Dames is a commune in the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France. On the 16th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de la Glaciere, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade de l’Audeux, take an in-depth tour of Hotel Particulier des Sires de Neufchatel, then admire the landmark architecture of Maison a Tourelle, then Head underground at Grotte de Sous-Buen, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de Baume-les-Dames.

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Getting from Grenoble to Baume-les-Dames by car takes about 4 hours. In September in Baume-les-Dames, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for home on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Baume-les-Dames

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

France travel guide

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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.