16 days in France & Marseilles Itinerary

16 days in France & Marseilles Itinerary

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Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport, Drive to Marseilles
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Marseilles, United States
— 1 day
Drive to Chicago Midway International Airport, Fly to Lyon
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saumur, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Versailles, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
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Reims, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Epernay, France
— 1 night
Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Washington

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Marseilles, United States — 1 day

Marseilles is a city in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Illini State Park and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Norwegian Settlers Memorial.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseilles journey builder website.

Washington to Marseilles is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Marseilles is minus 1 hour. In February, Marseilles is little chillier than Washington - with highs of 34°F and lows of 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

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 1st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and then examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marseilles to Lyon. Traveling from Marseilles to Lyon, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marseilles in February, expect Lyon to be a bit warmer, temps between 48°F and 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

Carcassonne, France — 2 nights

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 3rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours and then Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip website.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Saumur.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
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Saumur, France — 1 night

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee de la Cavalerie and then examine the collection at Musee des Blindes.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saumur trip planning tool.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Saumur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saumur, with lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Museums
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 6th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Aubert. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Quentin, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Mer et de l'Ecologie, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip website.

You can drive from Saumur to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saumur in March, you will find days in Mont-Saint-Michel are a bit cooler (52°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Versailles.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Versailles, France — 1 night

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 8th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Palace of Versailles.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Versailles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Versailles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In March, daytime highs in Versailles are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paris.
Historic Sites
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau of Vincennes and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Versailles to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Reims.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trip
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Reims, France — 1 night

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the galleries of Museum of the Surrender, then do a tasting at Champagne Taittinger, then admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi, and finally make a trip to Palais du Tau.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Reims trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Reims in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in March, Reims is little chillier at night with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Epernay.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries
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Epernay, France — 1 night

Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue de Champagne and then learn about winemaking at Moet et Chandon.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Epernay route planner.

You can drive from Reims to Epernay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 33°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Wineries
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.