20 days in France Itinerary

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— 5 nights
Fly to Geneva, Bus to Morzine
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Drive to Cauterets
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Evasion Canine in Fontainebleau, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

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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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Washington in January, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Morzine.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Morzine — 3 nights

Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Take a break from the city and head to Aiguille du Midi and Brevent Cable Car. Get out of town with these interesting Morzine side-trips: Chamonix (Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, Vallee Blanche, &more). There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Les Gets.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Morzine trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Paris to Morzine in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paris in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 30°F in Morzine. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Andon.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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Andon — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): hit the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Andon trip maker.

Traveling by car from Morzine to Andon takes 6.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Morzine in January; daily highs in Andon reach 55°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.
Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
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Saint-Tropez — 3 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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eglise Saint-Michel and Eglise Saint Louis. Get in touch with nature at Plage de l'Estagnol and Le Cap Lardier. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus) and Beach La Bergerie (in Hyeres). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle, stroll through Plage de l'Escalet, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pointe des Sardinaux.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez tour builder tool.

Drive from Andon to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee Matisse and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get in touch with nature at Juan les Pins Main Beach and Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague. Venture out of the city with trips to Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette) and Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon). The adventure continues: stop by Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Eze Sur Mer Strand, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and examine the collection at Palais Lascaris.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice holiday planner.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 43°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cauterets.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Pont d'Espagne and then take a memorable tour with Caminando.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cauterets sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Nice to Cauterets in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hendaye.
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Hendaye — 2 nights

Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Du Littoral.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hendaye online route planner.

Traveling by car from Cauterets to Hendaye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Hendaye sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
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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.