13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Montpellier
— 2 nights
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Grimaud
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux

— 2 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau du Taillan and Chateau La Dominique. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret and Port of the Moon. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Saint-Emilion (Chateau Franc Mayne, Chateau Guadet, &more). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at DMjWineworks and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online road trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Bordeaux is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Bordeaux is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in September; daily highs in Bordeaux reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Toulouse

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Atlantide Plongee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nicolas Church, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Vieux-Toulouse, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jerome.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. September in Toulouse sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Montpellier

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Porte de la Gardette, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle de la Confrerie des Penitents-Gris, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle des Penitents blancs d'Aigues-Mortes, then contemplate the long history of Constance Tower, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Chateau de l'Engarran, take a memorable tour with Latitude Plongee, then explore the world behind art at l'Atelier musee Fernand MICHEL Arts brut et singulier, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Montpellier trip planning app.

You can drive from Toulouse to Montpellier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Montpellier are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Grimaud.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Grimaud

— 3 nights
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapelle Notre Dame de Miremer and Fort-Freinet. Escape the urban bustle at Heraclee Beach and Cap Camarat Plongee ecole de plongee. Explore Grimaud's surroundings by going to Pierrefeu-du-Var (Chateau la Tour de l'Eveque & Chateau La Gordonne) and Pignans (Sanctuaire Notre-Dame des Anges & Eglise Collegiale de la Nativite de Notre-Dame).

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grimaud trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Montpellier to Grimaud by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. September in Grimaud sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Grimaud

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Nice

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vieux La Turbie and Eglise Saint Michel. Get some historical perspective at Villa Santo Sospir and Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon) and Mala Beach Coastal Path (in Cap d'Ail). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coco Beach, examine the collection at Les Musees de La Citadelle, cruise along Tete de Chien, and don't miss a visit to Citadelle Saint-Elme.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grimaud to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Grimaud in September: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.