20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Giverny
— 1 night
Drive
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Fly to Washington

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Nice — 4 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 some historical perspective at Old Town and La Croisette. Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and view the masterpieces at L'atelier Tsade.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Albin Jacumin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Nice to Avignon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Avignon are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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 13th (Thu): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then admire the local landmark of Place Carnot.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris online trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Giverny.
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Giverny — 1 night

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get a bird's-eye view with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Domaine of Villarceaux.

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You can drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Giverny can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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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.
Visiting Falaises d'Etretat and Navigation Normande - Le Havre will get you outdoors. Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Airborne Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Plage de Benerville sur Mer (in Benerville-sur-Mer) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and indulge your senses at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux vacation website.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 25th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for 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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