20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 1 night
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Rue d'Antibes or La Croisette. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nice online trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

Hyeres

— 4 nights
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'Escalet. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de l'Almanarre. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Plage de Pampelonne (in Ramatuelle), Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont) and Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette (in Le Lavandou). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Heraclee Beach, stroll through Plage de L'Argentiere, and relax and rejuvenate at Pause Serenite.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hyeres trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Marseille

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Wed), take a stroll through The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marseille online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Avignon

— 1 night

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 30th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:

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 31st (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then indulge in some culinary diversions at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral and then get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux route builder tool.

Fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bayeux, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

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 L'Orangerie and Île de la Cité. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paris journey planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Paris, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 7:

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.