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.
Get some cultural insight at Place de la Bourse and Chateau Cantenac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Chateau Lardy (in Razac-de-Saussignac), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and French Wine Adventures (in Saussignac). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Chateau Paloumey, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, and admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain.

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Washington, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Bordeaux. While traveling from Washington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille — 7 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.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Carrieres des Lumieres are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more), Les Vignerons de Tavel (in Tavel) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). The adventure continues: make a trip to La Croisette, wander the streets of The Panier, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and stop by Le Suquet.

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Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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