20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cauterets
— 1 night
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Andon
— 2 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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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 historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Interios. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, visit Île de la Cité, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

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Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in February since evenings lows in Paris dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Deauville Beach and Promenade Marcel Proust for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Plage de Cabourg (in Cabourg). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip planning website.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Bayeux sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cauterets.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Cauterets

— 1 night
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Pont d'Espagne and then surround yourself with nature on Caminando.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Cauterets in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Cauterets

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Nice

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice and Musée Marc Chagall will appeal to museum buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Castel Plage and Juan les Pins Main Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI (in Biot). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, stop by Zoe la Belette, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cauterets to Nice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Grande Plage du Lavandou and Plage d'Aiguebelle. Get in touch with nature at Massif du Tanneron and Riviera golf de Barbossi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez) and La Croix-Valmer (Pause Serenite & Le Cap Lardier). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, kick back and relax at Frejus Beach, identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, and hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in February since evenings lows in Saint-Raphael dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Andon.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Andon

— 2 nights
On the 2nd (Tue), fly down the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Ecole de Trial Happy and then relax and rejuvenate at Le Spa des Delices.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Andon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Andon takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Andon can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Andon

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

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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.