20 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly to Lyon, Shuttle to Meribel
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Meribel
— 1 night
Drive
5
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Morzine
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva, Fly to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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 Musee Matisse. Your itinerary includes some good 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). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Nice is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: high temperatures in Nice hover around 56°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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. Eglise Saint Louis and Eglise Saint-Trophyme will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Base Nature Francois Leotard and Beach La Bergerie. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer) and Plage de l'Estagnol (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle, kick back and relax at Plage des Marines, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pointe des Sardinaux.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nice in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saint-Tropez, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stop by Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Tropez to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in January, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are little chillier, around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Meribel.
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Meribel — 1 night

On the 21st (Thu), explore the activities along Lac de Tueda, fly down the slopes at Snowdlight Ski School, then stroll through Mission Black Forest, and finally get a dose of the wild on LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Meribel travel route builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Carcassonne to Meribel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in January, things will get a bit cooler in Meribel: highs are around 41°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then head outdoors with Aiguille du Midi, and finally hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lac Blanc, then get great views at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then take some stellar pictures from Brevent Cable Car, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix attractions tool.

You can drive from Meribel to Chamonix in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): hit the slopes at Les Gets. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Pop Snowboarding, then hit the slopes at Morzine Ski Resort, and then fly down the slopes at Billski Ski School.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Morzine journey builder.

Getting from Chamonix to Morzine by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Morzine can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel 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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris tour site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Morzine to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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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