59 days in Bordeaux, Avignon & Lyon Itinerary

59 days in Bordeaux, Avignon & Lyon Itinerary

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Bordeaux
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Avignon
— 19 nights
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Lyon
— 20 nights
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Bordeaux

— 19 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.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle), Montignac (La Ferme de Manestrugeas, Lascaux II, &more) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, step aboard Association Hermione-La Fayette, and admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder.

Paris to Bordeaux is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Avignon

— 19 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Arles (Jardin Hortus & Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles), La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Spas, &more) and Maison Natale de Marcel Pagnol (in Aubagne). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Avignon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Lyon

— 20 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lake Annecy), Grand Parc Miribel Jonage (in Vaulx en Velin) and Beaune (Wine Tours & Tastings, Domaine Baptiste Guyot, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lyon planner.

You can take a train from Avignon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in October, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips