20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Deauville City
— 1 night
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & The Hall of Mirrors). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, stroll through Île de la Cité, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-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 March, Paris is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Deauville City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Find places to stay Mar 18 — 23:

Deauville City

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, then stroll through Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Cabourg.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Deauville City trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Paris to Deauville City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Deauville City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip itinerary maker website.

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 March, daytime highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, then steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours, and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in March, you will find days in Carcassonne are somewhat warmer (58°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries

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Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Saint-Tropez

— 5 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. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de l'Escalet and Plage de Sylvabelle. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Gigaro and Heraclee Beach. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Plage du Debarquement (in La Croix-Valmer), Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere & Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette) and Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's lots more to do: stroll through Plage de Vergeron, soak in style at Pause Serenite, kick back and relax at Plage des Canebiers, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Saint-Tropez in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:

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.
Head to La Croisette and Avenue Jean Medecinfor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Castel Plage and Plage Mace. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, Lérins Islands, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nice, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in April, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:

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.