8 days in Bordeaux, Marseille & Lyon Itinerary

8 days in Bordeaux, Marseille & Lyon Itinerary

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8 days in Bordeaux, Marseille & Lyon Itinerary

Start: Batumi
Taxi + Fly:  11 h
1
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Marseille
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Lyon
— 3 nights
Tram + Fly:  11 h
End: Batumi

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.
For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online trip itinerary planner .

Batumi, Georgia to Bordeaux is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Time (GET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. December in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Musee du Vin et du Negoce ©
Musee du Vin et du Negoce
Port of the Moon ©
Port of the Moon

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de la Pointe Rouge and Calanque de Samena. The Panier and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national des Calanques, browse the different shops at Les Docks Village, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne, and examine the collection at Centre de la Vieille Charite.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Marseille trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bordeaux in December: highs in Marseille hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Museums
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
The Panier ©
The Panier

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, then ponder the design of Place des Jacobins, then wander the streets of Place Bellecour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de la Tete d'Or. On the next day, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Musee de Fourviere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip planning site .

You can take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Marseille in December; daily highs in Lyon reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Place des Jacobins
Place des Jacobins
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

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