17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive
4
Les Baux de Provence
— 1 night
Drive
5
Gordes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 1 night
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Paris

— 5 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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, wander the streets of Le Marais, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris trip site.

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Paris. Traveling from Bangkok in October, expect Paris to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Marseille

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Calanques and Circuit Pedestre Souvenirs d'Enfance. Shop till you drop at Atelier de Création - La Grande Savonnerie and 72% Petanque. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cassis (Cape Canaille & Pastis Et Compagnie). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau d'If and look for gifts at La Cure Gourmande.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Marseille takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:

Aix-en-Provence

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and then take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Les Baux de Provence.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Les Baux de Provence

— 1 night
Les Baux-de-Provence is a French commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence, experience rural life at Moulin CastelaS, and then experience rural life at Les Figuieres.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Les Baux de Provence trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Les Baux de Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Les Baux de Provence, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gordes.

Things to do in Les Baux de Provence

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

Gordes

— 3 nights
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Head to Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo and Les Coloradesfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Le Sentier des Ocres and Dentelles de Montmirail. Go for a jaunt from Gordes to Bonnieux to see Rent Bike Luberon about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gordes road trip app.

You can drive from Les Baux de Provence to Gordes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Gordes

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Clermont-Ferrand

— 1 night

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome Volcano.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Clermont-Ferrand day trip site.

Drive from Gordes to Clermont-Ferrand in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. October in Clermont-Ferrand sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Nature · Parks
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.