20 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Easy Dive and Plage du Soleil will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette), La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence (in Vence) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Nice road trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Nice is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get in touch with nature at TakSea and Abel Baliff Beach. Visit Calanque de Maubois and Plage d'Antheor for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Theoule sur Mer (Plage Blanche & La Pointe de l'Aiguille). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), get some thrills out on the water with Jets'Cool, don't miss a visit to Cap du Dramont, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Baumette.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael road trip site.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 90°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.
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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. Visit Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Gigaro for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Plage de Jean Blanc and Heraclee Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere, Jet 007, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and stroll through Plage de Guerrevieille.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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 8th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne visit website.

Fly from Saint-Tropez to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 10th (Thu), witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux visit planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, expect Bayeux to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee de l’Orangerie. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, visit Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris attractions planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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