16 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 1 night
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Montpellier
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin and then wander the streets of Promenade Sainte Catherine.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Bordeaux is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Bordeaux is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in March, expect Bordeaux to be colder, temps between 17°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Carcassonne Center (Chateau Comtal, Cité de Carcassonne, &more). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Musee Georges Labit, slough off your stress at Le Riad du Bien etre, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

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Drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Toulouse sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.
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Montpellier — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then take some stellar pictures from Tour Carbonniere. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, then take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Toulouse to Montpellier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

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You can fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in March, you will find days in Lyon are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, make a trip to Place de la Bourse, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to The Water Mirror, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

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Fly from Lyon to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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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