15 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 1 night
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Lourdes
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Beaune
— 2 nights
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Ville de Lisieux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux — 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Wed), admire the local landmark of Monument aux Girondins, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the views from Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas, and then appreciate the history behind Porte Dijeaux.

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

New Orleans, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Orleans to Bordeaux, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Bordeaux, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lourdes.
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Lourdes — 1 night

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 19th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lourdes trip planning website.

Getting from Bordeaux to Lourdes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. May in Lourdes sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can fly to Avignon.
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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.
On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, then take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lourdes to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lourdes in May: highs in Avignon hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Beaune.
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Beaune — 2 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): do a tasting at Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, relax in the rural setting at Ferme Fruirouge, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Corton C.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): learn about winemaking at Les Caves de l'Abbaye, do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeries Bartoux Beaune, and finally look for gifts at Le Cellier de la Cabiote.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Beaune trip planner.

You can take a train from Avignon to Beaune in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, things will get a bit cooler in Beaune: highs are around 67°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Ville de Lisieux.
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Ville de Lisieux — 2 nights

Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Manoir De Grandouet, do a tasting at Domaine Dupont, enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at La Spiriterie Francaise - Chateau du Breuil, and finally learn about winemaking at Calvados Boulard. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere militaire Britannique de Saint-Desir, steep yourself in history at Les Buissonnets, don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel De Lisieux.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ville de Lisieux itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Beaune to Ville de Lisieux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Beaune in May, plan for slightly colder days in Ville de Lisieux, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 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 Place des Vosges and Ile Saint-Louis. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

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Getting from Ville de Lisieux to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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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.
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Lisieux travel guide

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Zoos · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Lisieux is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. It is the capital of the Pays d'Auge area, which is characterised by valleys and hedged farmland.NameThe name of the town derives from the Latin Noviomagus Lexoviorum . The town was originally known in Celtic as Novio Magos, which was Latinized as Noviomagus. Owing to the large number of similarly-named cities, however, it was necessary to specify where this one was located. The local French demonym "Lexoviens" derives from the Latin as well.HistoryAntiquityLisieux was the capital of the Lexovii. In his work, Commentaries on the Gallic War, Caesar mentions a Gallic oppidum, a term which refers to Celtic towns located on the tops of hills. The oppidum has been pinpointed to a place referred to as le Castellier, located 3km to the southwest of the town. However the Gallo-Roman city was in fact located where Lisieux is to be found today.Middle AgesLisieux was an important center of power in medieval times. The bishopric of Lisieux controlled most of the Pays d'Auge by the 12th century. King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine are thought to have married at Lisieux in 1152, and the town remained powerful for several centuries afterwards until in the 14th century the triple scourges of the Plague, war and resulting famine devastated Lisieux and reduced its influence. The main judge of Joan of Arc, Pierre Cauchon, became a bishop of Lisieux after her death and is buried in the Lady Chapel of the cathedral.

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