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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Deauville City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris

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 a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Le Marais, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris route builder app.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Deauville City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Deauville City

With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll through Deauville Beach, kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville, and then examine the collection at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, kick back and relax at Plages de Houlgate, then stroll through Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally look for gifts at Apres la Pluie.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Deauville City trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Paris to Deauville City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Deauville City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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1
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): pick up some local products at Maison Lebrec, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer day trip app.

Drive from Deauville City to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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1
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Carcassonne

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 3rd (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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Avignon

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary app.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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Hyeres

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Step out of the city life by going to Dune La Londe and Plage de l'Almanarre. You'll get in some beach time at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Cabasson. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Plage des Marines (in Cogolin), Plage de l'Escalet (in Ramatuelle) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc & Plage de Cavaliere). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage noire du Langoustier, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, stop by Daskalides Chocolatier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage La Capte.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hyeres day trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Hyeres: highs are around 59°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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5
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Nice

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Head to Rue d'Antibes and La Croisettefor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, admire the local landmark of Fontaine du Soleil, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nice holiday planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.