20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Seine River. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip website.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in Paris hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Take a break from the city and head to Omaha Beach and Navigation Normande - Le Havre. You'll explore and learn at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip site.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Bayeux, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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Avignon — 2 nights

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 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon road trip planning site.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 3 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. Get outdoors at Dune La Londe and Plage de Cavaliere. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Gigaro and Grande Plage du Lavandou. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Port Grimaud 1 Beach (in Port Grimaud), Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet) and Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Cap Lardier and stroll through Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hyeres road trip app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Do your shopping at La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Matisse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Le Suquet (in Cannes) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). And it doesn't end there: visit Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nice travel website.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours
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France travel guide

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.