20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Deauville City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 6 nights
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

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Chennai, India to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Paris due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in March: high temperatures in Paris hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Deauville City.

Things to do in Paris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, and then kick back and relax at Deauville Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Plage de Cabourg, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade Marcel Proust, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc, and finally stroll through Juno Beach.

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You can drive from Paris to Deauville City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Deauville City

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

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Traveling by car from Deauville City to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
On the 13th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

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Traveling by flight from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in March: highs in Carcassonne hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:

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. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de l'Escalet and Plage de Sylvabelle. Get outdoors at Plage de Gigaro and Sentier Jean Francois Jube. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Tropez side-trips: Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet), Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Plage du Debarquement (in La Croix-Valmer). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Saint-Tropez in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Cannes

— 6 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Relax by the water at Castel Plage and Coco Beach. Shop till you drop at La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Eglise St Pierre & Paul (in Cagnes-sur-Mer), Le Musee du Parfum (in Grasse) and Nice (Vieille Ville, Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, &more). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and kick back and relax at Plage Mace.

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Getting from Saint-Tropez to Cannes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.