20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Marseille
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Lyon
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Bordeaux
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Toulouse
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Marseille
— 2 nights
End: Marseille

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary builder tool.

Marseille to Nice is an approximately 2.5- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in June: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Marineland
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

6
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Port Grimaud (in Grimaud), Lac De Sainte Croix (in Aiguines) and Zoo De La Barben (in La Barben). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, and put a fun spin on your tour with Mystery Games.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montagne Sainte Victoire, Lac De Sainte Croix, Port Grimaud, Zoo De La Barben
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

1
night
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then visit Place Des Carmes, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Musee Angladon ©
Musee Angladon

1
night
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, have some family-friendly fun at DreamAway Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Secrets d'Apiculteur, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lyon driving holiday site.

You can take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

4
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle) and Dune du Pilat (in La Teste-de-Buch). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, don't miss a visit to Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces), admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower, and have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Bordeaux.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux day trip website.

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Rochelle, La Grande Dune du Pilat
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Virtual Room Bordeaux ©
Virtual Room Bordeaux
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
La Grande Dune du Pilat
La Grande Dune du Pilat

1
night
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get curious at Cite de l'espace.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip planning website.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Childrens Museums Museums
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace

2
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then wander the streets of The Panier. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille online route maker.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques

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