19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 5 nights
Drive
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Menton
— 2 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Paris

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Paris is 6 hours. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then kick back and relax at Omaha Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip builder app.

Fly from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Saint-Tropez

— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Plage des Graniers, then kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, then kick back and relax at Plage des Canebiers, and finally stroll through Le Paddock Plage Privee Sainte Maxime. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Madrague, then kick back and relax at Port Grimaud 1 Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Guerrevieille.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez route website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Saint-Tropez takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Cannes

— 5 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Head to Rue d'Antibes and La Croisettefor plenty of shopping. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Blue Beach and Plage Le Sporting. Venture out of the city with trips to Nice (Vieille Ville, Florida Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Bernardin.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip maker.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Menton.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Menton

— 2 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at La Salle des Mariages, then stroll through Palmes Beach, then kick back and relax at Promenade du Soleil, and finally explore the world behind art at Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Fossan, contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Menton planner.

Getting from Cannes to Menton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Menton, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Menton

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Strasbourg

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise des Jesuites, then awaken your taste buds at VinoRoute - Oenotourisme en Alsace, and then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, then take a stroll through La Petite France, and then look for gifts at Mon Oncle Malker de Munster.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg travel route planner.

Fly from Menton to Strasbourg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Menton in January, expect Strasbourg to be little chillier, temps between 42°F and 32°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.