20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Train
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Cassis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, indulge your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online tour itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington in May; daily highs in Bayeux reach 62°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

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 15th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bayeux in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Carcassonne, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Avignon

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon route planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Cassis.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Cassis

— 3 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Step out of the city life by going to Trolib and Plage de Cavaliere. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grande Plage du Lavandou and Plage des Oursinieres. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cassis: Eglise Saint Louis (in Hyeres), Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Londe Les Maures). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques and trek along Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cassis tour planning tool.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Cassis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Cassis, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Popular historic sites such as La Croisette and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, &more). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Sacre Coeur, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nice using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cassis to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cassis in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 25:

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.
Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in May, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 64°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:

France travel guide

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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.