15 days in Bordeaux & Marseille Itinerary

15 days in Bordeaux & Marseille Itinerary

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Bordeaux
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Marseille
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac), Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc) and French Wine Adventures (in Saussignac). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Beauval, and make a trip to The Water Mirror.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux day trip site.

Washington, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. While traveling from Washington, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly 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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and La Croisette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Avignon (Musee Calvet, Pont d'Avignon, &more), Le Suquet (in Cannes) and Aix-en-Provence (Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, Fondation Vasarely, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, wander the streets of The Panier, explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques, and contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marseille road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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