20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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— 5 nights
Deauville City
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 4 nights
— 6 nights


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 some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Let the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning site.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris. Traveling from Washington in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 38°F in Paris. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Deauville City.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Deauville City — 2 nights

With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
On the 18th (Thu), stroll through Plage de Trouville, kick back and relax at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Apres la Pluie, kick back and relax at Plage de Cabourg, then enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally stroll through Plages de Houlgate.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Deauville City online journey builder.

Drive from Paris to Deauville City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer — 1 night

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 20th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Deauville City to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Carcassonne — 1 night

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 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in March, you will find days in Carcassonne are a bit warmer (58°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Saint-Tropez.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Saint-Tropez — 4 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get in touch with nature at Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Vergeron. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Heraclee Beach and Plage des Canebiers. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere & Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Eglise Saint-Trophyme). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Escalet.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez planning app.

Getting from Carcassonne to Saint-Tropez by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
Side Trips
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Nice — 6 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 Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée Marc Chagall capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Lérins Islands and Blue Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, La Croisette, &more) and Plage du Soleil (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, and look for gifts at Zoe la Belette.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice journey maker website.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:

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.