15 days in Bordeaux & Marseille Itinerary

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Bordeaux — 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Hermione - La Fayette (in Anglet), Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion) and Chateau Royal de Cognac (in Cognac). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, awaken your taste buds at French Wine Adventures, do a tasting at Chateau Haut-Marbuzet - Henri Duboscq, and take a stroll through Port de la Lune.

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Washington DC, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Bordeaux is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in September, things will get slightly colder in Bordeaux: highs are around 75°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille — 9 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Pont d'Avignon. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente & Domaine Albin Jacumin), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, La Croisette, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely.

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Fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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