20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Fly to Palmerston, Taxi to Palmerston North, Train to Wellington


Paris — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker.

Wellington, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Paris is minus 11 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Pointe du Grouin du Sud (in Vains). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux day trip planning website.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
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Marseille — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Peche. Calanques. Com (in Cassis). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marseille online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in May, expect Marseille to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Nice — 6 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Petite Cave de Saint Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.