20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
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Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Washington


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 a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Île de la Cité, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip builder website.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Paris, with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Visiting Deauville Beach and Omaha Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Promenade Marcel Proust and Plage de Cabourg. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Honfleur to see Saint Catherine's Catholic Church about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux route planner.

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 in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cauterets.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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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.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Pont d'Espagne and then get a dose of the wild on Caminando.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cauterets trip website.

Drive from Bayeux to Cauterets in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Castel Plage and Juan les Pins Main Beach. Appreciate the collections at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice and Palais Lascaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more). And it doesn't end there: visit Old Town, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cauterets to Nice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Nice sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Relax by the water at Grande Plage du Lavandou and Plage d'Aiguebelle. Step out of the city life by going to Massif du Tanneron and Les Balcons du Cap Roux. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Plage de la Nartelle (in Sainte-Maxime), La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez) and La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier, Heraclee Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online travel planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Andon.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
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Andon — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): hit the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ecole de Trial Happy and then relax and rejuvenate at Le Spa des Delices.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Andon attractions website.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Andon by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Andon are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas
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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.