20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Seine River. For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris online trip builder.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Paris, with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Falaises d'Etretat and Omaha Beach. Get some historical perspective at Mont Saint-Michel and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Cabourg (Promenade Marcel Proust & Plage de Cabourg). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Plage d'Aiguebelle and La Ponche Beach. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Plage de l'Estagnol (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Tanaka Spa (in Cavaliere) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Cap Lardier, kick back and relax at Plage de la Nartelle, and hike along Parcours Decouverte : Les Activites Traditionnelles de la Vallee de la Mole.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael tour planner.

You can fly from Bayeux to Saint-Raphael in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in March, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

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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.
Head to La Croisette and La Cave de Stephanefor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice and Massena Museum. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Lérins Islands & Le Suquet) and Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle de la Misericorde, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Mariniere.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.