50 days in France & Marseilles Itinerary

50 days in France & Marseilles Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
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Dijon, France
— 4 nights
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
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Nimes, France
— 4 nights
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
— 4 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
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Cassis, France
— 4 nights
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Menton, France
— 2 nights
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Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport, Drive to Marseilles
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Marseilles, United States
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Drive to Chicago Midway International Airport, Fly to Auckland

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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Army Museum and Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. Get some historical perspective at Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis in Saint-Denis, approximately Saint-Denis away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Vincennes.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Paris vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for much hotter days in Paris, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Visit Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile and Centre-ville de Strasbourg for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musée d'Unterlinden and Fort de Mutzig. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: NaturoparC - Hunawihr (in Hunawihr), Lalique Museum (in Wingen-sur-Moder) and La Volerie des Aigles (in Kintzheim). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Bliesbruck-Reinheim Parc Archeologique Europeen, examine the collection at Le Vaisseau, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, and take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Strasbourg travel route builder app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 4 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Visit Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) and Chateau de La Rochepot for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon and Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon. Venture out of the city with trips to Reculee de Baume-les-Messieurs (in Baume-les-Messieurs), Chateau du Clos de Vougeot (in Vougeot) and La Cave de l'Ange Gardien (in Beaune). Dedicate the 27th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sights with a stroll at Owl's Trail, don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Philibert.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dijon holiday maker.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Dijon in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and Chateau de Mongenan. Chateau Cantenac and Musee du Vin et du Negoce are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Eglise Saint-Martial (in Chalais), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and Amphitheatre de Saintes (in Saintes). There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and don't miss a visit to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux road trip planning website.

Do a combination of train and flight from Dijon to Bordeaux in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 4 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau Comtal. Get outdoors at Lac de Cavayere and Birds City (La Cite des Oiseaux). Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Tour Romane de Puissalicon (in Puissalicon), Espace Georges Brassens (in Sete) and Maison Noilly Prat (in Marseillan). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, get engrossed in the history at Parc de la Prehistoire, see what you can catch with La Truite Bio de Montferrier, and steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nimes.
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Nimes, France — 4 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Get some historical perspective at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Tour Magne. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Espiguette Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau des Roure (in Labastide-de-Virac), La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte) and Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, examine the collection at Musee de la Romanite, pause for some photo ops at La Maison Carree, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nimes trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Nimes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Nimes sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France — 4 nights

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.HistoryThe town is named after Saint Remigius.GeographySaint-Rémy-de-Provence is situated about 20km south of Avignon, just north of the Alpilles mountain range.TransportationThe high-speed train station is 20 km from the city. Step out of the city life by going to Colorado Provencal and Le Sentier des Ocres. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Venture out of the city with trips to Arles (Eglise St-Trophime, St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), &more), Chateau de Lacoste (in Lacoste) and Gordes (Caves du Palais Saint Firmin & Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon, steep yourself in history at Moulin de Daudet, and stop by Cave du Mistral.

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You can drive from Nimes to Saint-Remy-de-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cours Mirabeau. Explore hidden gems such as Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Palais Longchamp. Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Marseille (Palais du Pharo & Cathédrale La Major), Albert Camus Grave (in Lourmarin) and Abbaye de La Celle (in La Celle). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Chateau La Coste en Provence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, contemplate the long history of Abbaye du Thoronet, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence day trip app.

Drive from Saint-Remy-de-Provence to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Cassis.
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Cassis, France — 4 nights

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Popular historic sites such as Rade de Toulon and Saint Michel Church are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Port de Cassis and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cassis: Porquerolles Island (Plage de la Courtade, Plage Notre Dame, &more), Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens) and Plage de la Verne (in La Seyne-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Trolib, get outside with Route des Cretes, and take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cassis online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Cassis in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 4 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vieille Ville and La Route du Sel. Get outdoors at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Pampelonne. When in Saint-Tropez, make a side trip to see Plage de la Faviere in Bormes-Les-Mimosas, approximately Bormes-Les-Mimosas away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Paroissiale Notre Dame de l'Assomption, take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor, and do a tasting at Chateau Volterra.

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You can drive from Cassis to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. September in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Île Sainte-Marguerite. Visiting Promenade du Paillon and Castel Plage will get you outdoors. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Saint-Tropez to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Menton.
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Menton, France — 2 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of the Old Chateau, then contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Les lacs de prals, then stop by La Cure Gourmande Menton, and then steep yourself in history at Fort de la Ligne Maginot.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Menton journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Menton takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Menton, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Marseilles.
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Marseilles, United States — 1 night

Marseilles is a city in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. On the 1st (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Illini State Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marseilles online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Menton to Marseilles with the Route module. Traveling from Menton to Marseilles, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Menton in October; daily highs in Marseilles reach 21°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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