20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Menton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Strasbourg

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at VinoRoute - Oenotourisme en Alsace and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Little Venice (in Colmar), Cave de Turckheim (in Turckheim) and Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr). There's more to do: take a stroll through La Petite France and examine the collection at Palais de Rohan.

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Washington DC, USA to Strasbourg is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Strasbourg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you will find days in Strasbourg are a bit cooler (44°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Menton.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours

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Menton

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at La Salle des Mariages, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palmes Beach, then kick back and relax at Promenade du Soleil, and finally admire the masterpieces at Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paloma Beach, then kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand, and finally work off some steam at Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms.

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Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Menton takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Strasbourg in December; daily highs in Menton reach 57°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Cannes

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rue d'Antibes and La Croisette. Venture out of the city with trips to Nice (Plage Le Sporting, Blue Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with Easy Dive, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, stop by Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, and head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cannes trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Menton to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 13th (Sun), kick back and relax at Plage des Graniers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Canebiers, and finally kick back and relax at Port Grimaud 1 Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ponche Beach, then kick back and relax at Plage de Cavaliere, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Guerrevieille.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cannes in December since evenings lows in Saint-Tropez dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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Carcassonne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

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Getting from Saint-Tropez to Carcassonne by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carcassonne in December: highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

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Paris

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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, visit Montmartre, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

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Drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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.