20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Saint-Malo
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Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
Drive to Nantes, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Saint-Malo

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Omaha Beach and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de l'Ecluse and Plage du Sillon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Maison Lebrec (in Saint Pierre du Mont). The adventure continues: stroll through Plage du Nick, kick back and relax at Plage de Saint-Enogat, and do a tasting at Cidre Sorre.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip site.

Washington DC, USA to Saint-Malo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Saint-Malo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect nights in Saint-Malo to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rue d'Antibes and Avenue Jean Medecin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Cannes (La Croisette & Plage Mace) and Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence). Next up on the itinerary: visit Vieille Ville, enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Saint-Malo to Nice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Saint-Malo in December, you will find days in Nice are a bit warmer (58°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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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. Take a break from the city and head to Dune La Londe and Port Grimaud 1 Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de l'Escalet and Plage de l'Almanarre. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Plage des Marines (in Cogolin), Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc & Plage de Cavaliere) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de la Faviere & Plage de Cabasson). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plage de la Courtade, stroll through Grande Plage du Lavandou, and look for gifts at Daskalides Chocolatier.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hyeres day trip app.

Drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

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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.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Hyeres to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Hyeres in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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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 Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or Champs-Elysees. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carcassonne in December: highs in Paris hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.