20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris trip builder site.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Hendaye.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Hendaye — 1 night

Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hendaye road trip app.

You can fly from Paris to Hendaye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Hendaye reach 54°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cauterets.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
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Cauterets — 1 night

Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Caminando.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cauterets trip planner.

Drive from Hendaye to Cauterets in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Morzine.
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Morzine — 3 nights

Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Get outdoors at Aiguille du Midi and Vallee Blanche. Change things up with these side-trips from Morzine: Chamonix (Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, &more). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Les Gets.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Morzine day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cauterets to Morzine takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Andon.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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Andon — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hit the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Andon tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Morzine to Andon in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Morzine in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Andon: highs are around 55°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough 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. Relax by the water at Plage de l'Estagnol and Plage de l'Escalet. Visiting Base Nature Francois Leotard and Plage de Sylvabelle will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Tropez side-trips: Hyeres (Eglise Saint Louis & Beach La Bergerie) and Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Pointe des Sardinaux, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ponche Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Andon to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Matisse and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Shop till you drop at La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Juan-les-Pins (Juan les Pins Main Beach & Easy Dive) and Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague (in Valbonne). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nice travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 43°F in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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.