20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Deauville City
— 1 night
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (51°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Deauville City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

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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.
On the 1st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach, then kick back and relax at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Deauville City journey planner.

Getting from Paris to Deauville City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Deauville City sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Deauville City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at Maison Lebrec, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Deauville City to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel route planning site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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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. Step out of the city life by going to Dune La Londe and Plage de l'Almanarre. Relax by the water at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de la Courtade. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Plage de l'Escalet (in Ramatuelle), Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Plage de Cavaliere (in Le Lavandou). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage noire du Langoustier, stroll through La Ponche Beach, look for gifts at Daskalides Chocolatier, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Pause Serenite.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hyeres trip builder site.

Drive from Avignon to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in December, expect Hyeres to be somewhat warmer, temps between 59°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get some historical perspective at Rue d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and La Croisette (in Cannes). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, kick back and relax at La Spiaggia, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and stroll through Castel Plage.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Nice, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

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.