22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner
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Bordeaux
— 6 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux — 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Bassins de Lumieres. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, make a trip to Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces), ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bordeaux journey planning website.

Manila, Philippines to Bordeaux is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Manila in October: high temperatures in Bordeaux hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 5 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (Cathédrale La Major, The Panier, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Musee Granet, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and explore the galleries of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can 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 13th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Avignon Les Halles, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon online trip maker.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Avignon are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lyon driving holiday planner.

Getting from Avignon to Lyon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in October, you will find days in Lyon are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Montmartre, make a trip to Louvre Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary tool.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. October in Paris sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. You will leave for home on the 21st (Sat).
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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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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.
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