20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 4 nights
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Cannes
— 5 nights

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Paris

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Popular historic sites such as Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Paris is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in September; daily highs in Paris reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 22nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Omaha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

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Carcassonne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, then indulge your taste buds at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online travel route planner.

You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bayeux in September, you will find days in Carcassonne are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Chateaux de Lastours ©
Chateaux de Lastours

2
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Avignon

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon. On the next day, indulge your taste buds at Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour, then learn about winemaking at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour ©
Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour

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Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Visit Plage de Pampelonne and Plage de Cavaliere for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at European Diving School and Plage noire du Langoustier. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Plage de l'Anglade). There's more to do: stroll through Plage de Gigaro and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saint-Tropez trip builder website.

Drive from Avignon to Saint-Tropez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne

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Cannes

Cannes ©

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands. Do some cultural sightseeing at La Croisette and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Chapelle Saint Hospice (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Nice (Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice & Musée Marc Chagall). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Easy Dive, awaken your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Rue d'Antibes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

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