20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Deauville City
— 1 night
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris

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 day by day itinerary now includes Musee Rodin. Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to The Trianons & The Hamlet in Versailles, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, make a trip to Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Deauville City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Deauville City

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stroll through Deauville Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, then stroll through Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally stop by Apres la Pluie.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Deauville City online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Deauville City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Deauville City, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Deauville City

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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1
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Maison Lebrec, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then get outside with Omaha Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer visit planning tool.

You can drive from Deauville City to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Carcassonne

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 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Plage du Rouet de La Palme, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

You can fly from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

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Avignon

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally make a trip to Palais des Papes.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Avignon day trip planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Avignon, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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Hyeres

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Escape the urban bustle at Dune La Londe and Plage de l'Escalet. You'll get in some beach time at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Cabasson. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage des Marines (in Cogolin), Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc & Plage de Cavaliere) and Plage de la Courtade (in Porquerolles Island). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Almanarre, stroll through Grande Plage du Lavandou, and look for gifts at Daskalides Chocolatier.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hyeres, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Avignon in December; daily highs in Hyeres reach 59°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Nice

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Place Garibaldi. Head to Rue d'Antibes and La Croisettefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Saint-Paul de Vence in St-Paul-de-Vence, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, stop by Marche aux Fruits et Legumes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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.