14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Orange
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marseille route planner.

Chicago, USA to Marseille is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Marseille, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in April; daily highs in Marseille reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Avignon

— 3 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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Palais des Papes, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and take an exotic tour of Wine Safari.

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You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Orange.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

Orange

— 2 nights
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. On the 8th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Vignobles Alain Jaume, explore and take pictures at Colline Saint-Eutrope, then make a trip to Arc de Triomphe, then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Grignan, then do a tasting at Domaine Autrand, then make a trip to Vaison la Romaine, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Base aerienne 115.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Orange tour planning website.

You can drive from Avignon to Orange in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Orange are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Orange

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Lyon

— 3 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.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon route planner.

Getting from Orange to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Lyon are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:

Dijon

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, trek along Owl's Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then admire the masterpieces at Palace of the Dukes, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dijon trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Lyon to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.