20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France planner

Make it your trip
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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
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
5
Saint-Tropez
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 6 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Washington

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee de l'Orangerie. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

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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. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Paris, with lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Deauville City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Deauville City

— 2 nights
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 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Juno Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade Marcel Proust, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de Cabourg.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Deauville City travel tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Deauville City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Deauville City can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Deauville City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 17th (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery and then admire all the interesting features of Omaha Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Deauville City to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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 18th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne driving holiday website.

You can fly from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:

Saint-Tropez

— 4 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 Heraclee Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Gigaro and Plage du Debarquement. Venture out of the city with trips to Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet), Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette (in Le Lavandou) and Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron, stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip planning tool.

Fly from Carcassonne to Saint-Tropez in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

Cannes

— 6 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Plage de la Mariniere (in Villefranche-sur-Mer), Eglise St Pierre & Paul (in Cagnes-sur-Mer) and Nice (Vieille Ville, Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, &more). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, wander the streets of Le Suquet, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Mace.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes travel planner.

You can take a train from Saint-Tropez to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, daytime highs in Cannes are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 28:

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.