20 days in France Itinerary

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— 5 nights
Fly to Geneva, Bus to Morzine
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Carcassonne
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 5 nights


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 Louvre Museum. Musee d'Orsay and Musee Gustave Moreau will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker app.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Washington DC in January, with lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Morzine.
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Morzine — 2 nights

Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. On the 15th (Fri), stroll through Billski Ski School, then hit the slopes at Pop Snowboarding, and then shop like a local with Sport 2000 Auben Ski. On the next day, hit the slopes at Les Gets.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Morzine trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paris to Morzine takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paris in January, Morzine is little chillier at night with lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 17th (Sun), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll through Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, then hit the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chamonix day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Morzine to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Meribel.
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Meribel — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the activities along Lac de Tueda, then fly down the slopes at Snowdlight Ski School, then stroll through Mission Black Forest, and finally surround yourself with nature on LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Meribel route planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Meribel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 1 night

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 20th (Wed): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne tour website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Meribel to Carcassonne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Meribel in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eglise Saint Louis and Paroisse de Ramatuelle. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de l'Estagnol and Plage de l'Escalet. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: Beach La Bergerie (in Hyeres), Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer) and Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pointe des Sardinaux.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Carcassonne to Saint-Tropez by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can 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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee Matisse and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. You'll get in some beach time at Juan les Pins Main Beach and Eze Sur Mer Strand. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, stop by VinAzur - Vins de provence, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nice online route planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 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, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 43°F. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.