20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly to Lyon, Train to Avignon
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 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.
Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

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Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Paris is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Paris, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre). There's still lots to do: take in the history at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and go for a walk through Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

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Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Avignon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Avignon

— 3 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.
Palais des Papes and Carrieres des Lumieres are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Pont d'Avignon will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Golf club de Servanes (in Mouries), Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee Angladon, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Bayeux to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in April: high temperatures in Avignon hover around 68°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get in touch with nature at Trolib and Parc National des Calanques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely & Paul Cezanne’s Studio). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

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You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Croisette and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Le Suquet (in Cannes), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and look for gifts at La Petite Cave de Saint Paul.

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You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April in Nice, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

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.