14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Paris
— 4 nights
Train
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Nice
— 3 nights
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Paris — 4 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Le Grand Trianon, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Petit Palais and Chateau of Vincennes. Visit Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Saint-Denis to see Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Natural History, pause for some photo ops at Pantheon, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Paris trip site.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Paris reach 77°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 2 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.
You've now added La Grande Dune du Pilat to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat, stroll around Tepacap Merignac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Église Notre-Dame, contemplate the long history of Port de la Lune, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Paul, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Aquitaine.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux route builder.

Take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, St. Croix Beach and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Step out of the city life by going to Wine Safari and Sentier Littoral. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Musee du Petit Palais) and Sanary-sur-Mer (Chapelle Notre-Dame de Pitie & Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bordeaux in August, with highs in Marseille at 86°F and lows at 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eze Sur Mer Strand, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, La cité médiévale, and other attractions you added. Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita are in your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and Place Garibaldi. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Mariniere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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