12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Lyon
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Toulouse
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Marseille
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Lyon

1
night
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, thenget to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and finally make a trip to The Water Mirror.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bordeaux tour itinerary app.

Lyon to Bordeaux is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

1
night
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to Le Capitole, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally pick up some local products at Marche Victor Hugo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Toulouse trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Jardin Japonais ©
Jardin Japonais
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Musee des Augustins ©
Musee des Augustins

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 2nd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, thencontemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, thenexamine the collection at Maison de la Truffe d'Occitanie, thendon't miss a visit to Notre Dame du Cros, and finally don't miss a visit to Carriere De Marbre Rouge Du Roy.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to Cannes to see La Croisette about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

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Drive from Carcassonne to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

La Croisette
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

2
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"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 7th (Sat): look for gifts at Les Petits Papiers de Flo, take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, make a trip to Place Saint-Roch, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Roch, thenadmire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Montpellier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Montpellier sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Place de la Comedie ©
Place de la Comedie
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Les Petits Papiers de Flo ©
Les Petits Papiers de Flo

2
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
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: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by Chocolaterie de Puyricard Davso, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Bernardines.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille road trip planning app.

Drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Aix-en-Provence
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques

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