20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner
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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

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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 Arc de Triomphe. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, visit Île de la Cité, and don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Paris online vacation builder.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris. Traveling from Washington in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 34°F in Paris. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Deauville Beach and Plage de Cabourg. Get some historical perspective at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Promenade Marcel Proust (in Cabourg) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Bayeux are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cauterets.
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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.
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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 Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI 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). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, look for gifts at Zoe la Belette, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online trip planner.

Getting from Cauterets to Nice by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Nice, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
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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 Frejus Beach. Get in touch with nature at Massif du Tanneron and Base Nature Francois Leotard. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Riviera golf de Barbossi (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), 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 Plage d'Aiguebelle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in February, Saint-Raphael is a bit cooler at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Andon.
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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.
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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.
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