20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Deauville City
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Place Garibaldi are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Spiaggia, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, stroll through Eze Sur Mer Strand, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice vacation planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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5
nights
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. Get in touch with nature at Dune La Londe and Plage de l'Almanarre. Relax by the water at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de l'Escalet. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez), Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere & Plage de Jean Blanc). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Courtade, enjoy the sand and surf at Grande Plage du Lavandou, slough off your stress at Pause Serenite, and stop by Daskalides Chocolatier.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hyeres online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:

1
night
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 3rd (Thu): do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Avignon road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hyeres to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hyeres in December; daily highs in Avignon reach 50°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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2
nights
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 4th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne visit planner.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

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 6th (Sun): witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and finally savor the flavors at Maison Lebrec.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer route builder tool.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carcassonne in December: highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Deauville City.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally examine the collection at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Deauville City visit site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Deauville City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Deauville City are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Deauville City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

5
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Le Marais. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris attractions app.

You can drive from Deauville City to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to 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.