20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday maker

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Make it your trip
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Drive to Cauterets
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Cauterets
— 1 night
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Andon
— 3 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Paris, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cauterets.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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 4th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Pont d'Espagne and then get a dose of the wild on Caminando.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cauterets online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Paris to Cauterets takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Cauterets

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

Nice

— 6 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.
Vieille Ville and La Croisette will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Rue d'Antibes and Zoe la Belette. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Lérins Islands, Marche Forville, &more), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins). There's lots more to do: stroll through Castel Plage, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Getting from Cauterets to Nice by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Nice sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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 some historical perspective at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Memorial des Guerres en Indochine. Take a break from the city and head to Massif du Tanneron and Les Balcons du Cap Roux. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Tanaka Spa (in Cavaliere), Sainte-Maxime (Pointe des Sardinaux & Plage de la Nartelle) and Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Grande Plage du Lavandou). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Ponche Beach, identify plant and animal life at Le Cap Lardier, stroll through Plage de Guerrevieille, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Brocante Au Bucheron.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Andon.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

Andon

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Ecole de Trial Happy, pause for some serene contemplation at Presbytère, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, then steep yourself in history at Moulin a farine d'Entrevaux, and finally stop by La Pain D'Epicerie.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Andon trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Andon in 2 hours. March in Andon sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Andon

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

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.