13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chessy
— 1 night
Drive to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Fly to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Nice

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Family-friendly places like Marineland and Place Massena will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and cool off at Aquasplash.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

Lyon to Nice is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

Cannes

— 1 night

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a stroll through La Croisette, then step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite, and then stop by Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Galerie1414, get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip builder app.

You can drive from Nice to Cannes in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in August since evenings lows in Cannes dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

Marseille

— 2 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.
Attractions like Palais des Papes and Le Vieux Port make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: La Londe Les Maures (Daskalides Chocolatier & Dune La Londe), Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Les Eclaireurs Sculpteurs Africains). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marseille driving holiday planning tool.

Drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Chessy.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Chessy

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): Head underground at Carrieres de Glay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent de la Tourette, and then steep yourself in history at Village de Charnay.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chessy trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Marseille to Chessy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect Chessy to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Chessy

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Max' Golf, then find something for the whole family at Parc de la Coccinelle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Chessy to Bordeaux with the Route module. In August in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

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.