20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Giverny
— 1 night
Drive
6
Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
7
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Nice — 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and La Croisette. Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Eglise de Biot (in Biot), Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the exciting artwork at L'atelier Tsade, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip builder app.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, then examine the collection at Musee Angladon, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine. On your second day here, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Avignon are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then make a trip to Place Carnot.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, you will find days in Carcassonne are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Giverny.
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Giverny — 1 night

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a bird's-eye view with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, then browse the exhibits of Fondation Claude Monet, then see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Domaine of Villarceaux.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Giverny day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Giverny sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Etretat.
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Du Tilleul, then don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, then make a trip to Falaises d'Etretat, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Giverny to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Etretat sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can 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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and go for a walk through Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 26th (Wed), admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online travel route planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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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