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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place de la Bourse and Chateau Cantenac. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Chateau Mauvinon (in Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens) and Saint-Emilion (Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion & Chateau Laniote). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, and wander the streets of Promenade Sainte Catherine.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bordeaux visit planner.

Washington, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Bordeaux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Avignon (Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, Pont d'Avignon, &more), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres, &more). There's lots more to do: visit The Panier, see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.
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