19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip maker

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Champs-Elysees. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online trip itinerary maker.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. December in Paris sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

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 5th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then take in the history at Omaha Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer route maker tool.

Drive from Paris to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 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 5th (Tue) 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 4 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, stop by Cité de Carcassonne, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

Plan trip to Carcassonne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne takes 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 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

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 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Plage des Graniers, then stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Canebiers, and finally stroll through Plage de la Madrague. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Plage de Guerrevieille, enjoy the sand and surf at Port Grimaud 1 Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Nartelle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez tour planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Saint-Tropez in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. January in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.
Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Blue Beach and Plage Mace. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de la Mariniere (in Villefranche-sur-Mer) and Nice (Librairie de la Presse, Coco Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, view the masterpieces at Galerie Gabel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and wander the streets of Le Suquet.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Cannes are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Menton.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

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 14th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at La Salle des Mariages, enjoy the sand and surf at Palmes Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade du Soleil, and finally explore the world behind art at Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman. On your second day here, stroll through Plage du Fossan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Eze Sur Mer Strand, and then don't miss a visit to Eglise du Sacre Coeur.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Menton online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Menton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Menton, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Menton

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

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 16th (Sat): wander the streets of La Petite France, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do sightseeing your way with VinoRoute - Oenotourisme en Alsace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg online day trip planner.

Getting from Menton to Strasbourg by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Menton in January: high temperatures in Strasbourg hover around 42°F and lows are around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

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.