59 days in Bordeaux, Avignon & Lyon Itinerary

59 days in Bordeaux, Avignon & Lyon Itinerary

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59 days in Bordeaux, Avignon & Lyon Itinerary

Start: Paris
Train:  2 h 15 min
1
Bordeaux
— 19 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  4 h
2
Avignon
— 19 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Lyon
— 20 nights
Train:  2 h
End: Paris

19
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle), Montignac (La Ferme de Manestrugeas, Lascaux II, & more) and Dune du Pilat (in La Teste-de-Buch). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip planner .

Paris to Bordeaux is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. September in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Biarritz, Bayonne, Bidart, Montignac, La Rochelle
Highlights from your plan
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

19
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Arles (Jardin Hortus & Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles), La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Spas, & more) and Maison Natale de Marcel Pagnol (in Aubagne). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bordeaux to Avignon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, La Ciotat, Arles
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

20
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Beaune (Wine Tours & Tastings, Domaine Baptiste Guyot, & more), Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lac d'Annecy) and Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois, Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, & more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences, and ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lyon day trip planning website .

Take a train from Avignon to Lyon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beaune, Dijon, Grenoble, Vaulx en Velin, Annecy
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

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