20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey maker

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly to Lyon, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Andon
— 2 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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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 inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Champs-Elysees. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker website.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris. Traveling from Washington in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.
Normandy American Cemetery and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Deauville Beach and Plage de Cabourg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Esprit de Spa by M (in Deauville City), Promenade Marcel Proust (in Cabourg) and Plage de Benerville sur Mer (in Benerville-sur-Mer). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and head outdoors with Omaha Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary builder.

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 March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:

Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 5th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, and finally fly down the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bayeux to Chamonix in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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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.
Let the collections at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice and Musée Marc Chagall capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Zoe la Belette. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & Le Suquet) and Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Nice by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. March in Nice sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll get in some beach time at Grande Plage du Lavandou and Plage de la Nartelle. Get in touch with nature at Massif du Tanneron and Base Nature Francois Leotard. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez), Plage d'Aiguebelle (in Le Lavandou) and La Croix-Valmer (Pause Serenite & Le Cap Lardier). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and stroll through Plage de Pampelonne.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Andon.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:

Andon

— 2 nights
On the 14th (Sun), hit the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Andon route builder website.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Andon in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Andon are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Andon

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

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.