14 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive
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Grenoble
— 1 night
Drive
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Plan D'Eau de Bordelan and then take a stroll through Cite medievale de Perouges.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon online trip planner.

Heidelberg, Germany to Lyon is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach and Plage de Piemanson. 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: take a memorable tour with Tours, wander the wide-open spaces of Manade Cavallini, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer tour app.

You can drive from Lyon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Le Lavandou.
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Le Lavandou — 4 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de l'Estagnol and Plage de Jean Blanc. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage de Cavaliere and Heraclee Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Le Lavandou side-trips: Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer), Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin) and Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Grande Plage du Lavandou, do a tasting at Domaine de l'Anglade, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage d'Aiguebelle.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Le Lavandou online road trip planner.

Drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Le Lavandou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
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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 15th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Le Lavandou to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Grenoble.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take a stroll through Place Grenette, indulge in some personalized pampering at Surane Spa, and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Montagne.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grenoble tour app.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Grenoble by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in August; daily highs in Grenoble reach 78°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Baume-les-Dames.
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Baume-les-Dames — 1 night

Baume-les-Dames is a commune in the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): Head underground at Grotte de la Glaciere, admire the sheer force of Cascade de l’Audeux, get engrossed in the history at Hotel Particulier des Sires de Neufchatel, admire the landmark architecture of Maison a Tourelle, then Head underground at Grotte de Sous-Buen, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye de Baume-les-Dames.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Baume-les-Dames online itinerary planner.

Getting from Grenoble to Baume-les-Dames by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Thu).
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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.
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