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

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Normandy American Cemetery and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Let the collections at Airborne Museum and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip tool.

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 when traveling from Washington to Bayeux is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Place Carnot, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in May: highs in Carcassonne hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari, and finally examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip maker site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Cassis.
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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. Get outdoors at Trolib and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Cavaliere and Grande Plage du Lavandou. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont) and Le Pradet (Sentier Jean Francois Jube & Plage des Oursinieres). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cassis trip planner.

Getting from Avignon to Cassis by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Azur Wine Tours. Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, enjoy the sand and surf at Paloma Beach, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cassis to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cassis in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Paris.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River.

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You can fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nice in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 64°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
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France travel guide

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.