21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Marseille — 4 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.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and The Panier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Parc National des Calanques and Plage de la Grande Mer. When in Marseille, make a side trip to see Trolib in Cassis, approximately Cassis away. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marseille journey planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get a sense of the local culture at Place Massena and Musee Granet. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze), Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice (in Nice) and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and explore the world behind art at Chateau La Coste en Provence.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip builder tool.

Getting from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uzes.
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Uzes — 10 nights

Uzès is a small town and a commune in the Gard department in southern France.It lies about 25km north-northeast of Nîmes.HistoryOriginally Ucetia or Eutica in Latin, Uzès was a small Gallo-Roman oppidum, or administrative settlement. Take a break from the city and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Caverne du Pont-d'Arc. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pont du Gard and La Maison Carree. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uzes: Gorges de l'Ardeche (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc), Aven Grotte Forestiere (in Orgnac-l'Aven) and Grotte de Saint Marcel (in Bidon). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Musee 1900, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of La Grotte des Demoiselles, and see Offroad Aventure 07.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uzes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Uzes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and then make a trip to Palais des Papes. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon day trip planning app.

You can drive from Uzes to Avignon in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for 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.