16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Train
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tours
— 2 nights
Train
4
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Fly
5
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train
6
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Marseille
— Few hours

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Paris

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and visit Montmartre.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Dijon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Dijon

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, then steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, then admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Vogue, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, make a trip to Place de la Liberation, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then trek along Owl's Trail, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and finally see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dijon vacation site.

Take a train from Paris to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dijon are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Dijon

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Tours

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Villandry.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tours vacation builder.

Drive from Dijon to Tours in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Tours are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Bordeaux

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then make a trip to Place de la Bourse, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux tour planner.

Traveling by train from Tours to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Lyon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On the next day, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Lyon, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Avignon

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon holiday planning tool.

Take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Avignon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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Marseille

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 8th (Tue), visit The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.