20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Train
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Cassis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Bayeux — 3 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 Omaha Beach and Deauville Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Pegasus Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bayeux day trip planner.

Washington, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Bayeux. In May, Bayeux is slightly colder than Washington - with highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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.
On the 16th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally visit Cité de Carcassonne.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bayeux in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari, then contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Cassis.
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Cassis — 3 nights

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Cavaliere and Grande Plage du Lavandou. Get outdoors at Trolib and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Cassis side-trips: Le Pradet (Sentier Jean Francois Jube & Plage des Oursinieres) and Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cassis trip planner.

You can take a train from Avignon to Cassis in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Cassis, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Get in touch with nature at Be Free 2 Dive and Plage Mace. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nice day trip site.

Traveling by car from Cassis to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cassis in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Paris.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in May, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 64°F and lows about 49°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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