22 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 6 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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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

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, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, admire the local landmark of Monument aux Girondins, and admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bordeaux online journey planner.

Manila, Philippines to Bordeaux is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Bordeaux. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Manila in October: high temperatures in Bordeaux hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

You've added Vieille Ville de Gordes, Parc national des Calanques, Port de Cassis, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, and take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our 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, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

City of Popes

Your list of things to see and do now includes Chateau de Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Waterwheel Circuit, Palais des Papes, and other attractions.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon road trip planning website.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse as well as Parc de la Tete d'Or.

Before you visit Lyon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 4 nights

City of Light

Your day by day itinerary now includes Le Marais, Montmartre and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online trip builder.

Fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will leave for home on the 21st (Sat).
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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.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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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