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.
Get some cultural insight at Place de la Bourse and Tour Pey-Berland. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Chateau la Renommee (in Saint-Laurent-des-Combes), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac & Chateau Guadet). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, don't miss a visit to Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces), and see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux tour itinerary planner.

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. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Eglise St-Trophime (in Arles), Parc du Mugel (in La Ciotat) and Avignon (Musee du Petit Palais, Pont d'Avignon, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely, and visit The Panier.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille travel planner.

Fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Marseille, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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