20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France planner
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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Deauville City
— 2 nights
Drive
3
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 Champs-Elysees 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: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Le Marais, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris route builder website.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris. Traveling from Washington in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 38°F in Paris. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Deauville City.
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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.
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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 head outdoors with 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 drive; or 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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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 wander the streets 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.
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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 Gigaro and Sentier Jean Francois Jube. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Heraclee Beach and Plage du Debarquement. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de Cabasson (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette (in Le Lavandou). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Plage de Vergeron, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Marines, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Saint-Tropez trip site.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Saint-Tropez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cannes.
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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 Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. 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 (Old Town, Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, &more). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, explore the world behind art at Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Mace.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. 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 time for travel back home.
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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.
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