14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Orange
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille visit planner.

Chicago, USA to Marseille is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Marseille, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Marseille, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avignon

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and take an exotic tour of Wine Safari.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Orange.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Orange

— 2 nights
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Vignobles Alain Jaume, take some stellar pictures from Colline Saint-Eutrope, pause for some photo ops at Triumphal Arch, then don't miss a visit to Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Chateau de Grignan, then do a tasting at Domaine Autrand, then don't miss a visit to Vaison la Romaine, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Base aerienne 115.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Orange holiday maker app.

You can drive from Avignon to Orange in an hour. June in Orange sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Orange

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Lyon

— 3 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.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon route planner.

Traveling by car from Orange to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Lyon, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Dijon

— 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

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.
On the 25th (Sat), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, make a trip to Owl's Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then admire the masterpieces at Palace of the Dukes, and finally make a trip to Place de la Liberation.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dijon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in June, Dijon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

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.