22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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22 days in France Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Marseille
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Avignon
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Dijon
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion), Dune du Pilat (in La Teste-de-Buch) and Perigueux (Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord & Cathedrale St-Front). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), look for gifts at Chocolaterie Bordeaux Maison Darricau depuis 1915, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary maker .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. While traveling from Fort Lauderdale, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Perigueux, Dune du Pilat, Chateau Cantenac
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©

4
nights
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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip maker .

You can fly from Bordeaux to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois, Marineland, Massif de l'Esterel
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

5
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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Cours Mirabeau, & more), Hyeres (Parc Sainte-Claire & Sentier sous marin) and Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Foret de Roustagnon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Bandol, La Ciotat, Cassis, Hyeres
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Sentier sous marin ©
Sentier sous marin
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes) and Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine (in Vaison-la-Romaine). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, relax in the rural setting at La Petite Ferme, do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Avignon online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine, Carrieres des Lumieres, La Petite Ferme, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Distillerie A. Blachere
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

1
night
Dijon

Dijon ©
Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, examine the collection at Musee Magnin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, admire the local landmark of Jardin Darcy, then don't miss a visit to Owl's Trail, and finally cruise along Route des Grands Crus.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dijon trip planner .

You can take a train from Avignon to Dijon in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Avignon in May, with highs in Dijon at 68°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Musee Magnin ©
Musee Magnin
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon ©
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon
Owl's Trail ©
Owl's Trail

5
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel planning site .

Traveling by train from Dijon to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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