10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Lyon
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Puy-en-Velay
— 1 night
Drive
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Millau
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Lyon is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in August; daily highs in Lyon reach 82°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Le Puy-en-Velay

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then steep yourself in history at Statue de Notre Dame de France, then admire the striking features of Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, and finally make a trip to Fortress of Polignac.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Le Puy-en-Velay trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Lyon to Le Puy-en-Velay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Millau

— 1 night

Leather Capital of France

Best known for its sheepskin gloves, Millau was at the head of the French fashion industry for gloves for two centuries.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get curious at Micropolis la cite des insectes, then take in the views from Viaduc de Millau, then relax in the rural setting at Fromagerie Papillon Caves, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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You can drive from Le Puy-en-Velay to Millau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Millau can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Millau

Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Avignon

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Orange, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais.

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You can drive from Millau to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Millau in August, expect Avignon to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: La Londe Les Maures (Dune La Londe & Plage de L'Argentiere). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, kick back and relax at Calanque de Samena, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip maker website.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.