20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday maker

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Fly
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Paris
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rocamadour
— 1 night
Drive
4
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Castellane
— 1 night
Drive
6
Antibes
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Ajaccio, Corsica
— 1 night
Drive
9
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Annecy
— 1 night
Bus to Geneva, Fly to Washington DC

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Paris

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take in the views from Pont Alexandre III, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary website.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in August, with highs in Paris at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 2 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, get interesting insight from Canoes Loisirs, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and finally stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac, make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, then explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac, then Head underground at Grotte de Font de Gaume, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Sarlat-la-Caneda can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Rocamadour

— 1 night

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rocamadour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Rocamadour in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Rocamadour, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 3 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Escape the urban bustle at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Grotte de la Salamandre. Step off the beaten path and head to Gorges de l'Ardeche and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: GEO Ardeche Canyon (in Aubenas), Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues) and Centre Equestre De Mejannes Le Clap (in Mejannes-le-Clap). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rocamadour in August, Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a bit warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Castellane

— 1 night
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Castellane trip planner.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Castellane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Castellane can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Antibes.

Things to do in Castellane

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

Antibes

— 2 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): hike along La Pointe de l'Aiguille, then head outdoors with Jets'Cool, then get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through La Croisette, step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lérins Islands.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Antibes trip planner.

Drive from Castellane to Antibes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Castellane in August, expect nights in Antibes to be somewhat warmer, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Calvi.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Calvi, Corsica

— 2 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, go for a stroll along the water at Galeria Marina, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi, and then make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra.

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You can fly from Antibes to Calvi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ajaccio.

Things to do in Calvi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Ajaccio, Corsica

— 1 night
With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Presqu’Ile Isolella, get outside with Canyoning Corse, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ajaccio travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Calvi to Ajaccio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In August in Ajaccio, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Ajaccio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, and finally head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Plage du Grand Sperone, get outside with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, then gear up at Gear Rentals, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de San Giovanni, and finally kick back and relax at Plage De Roccapina.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bonifacio sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ajaccio to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Ajaccio in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bonifacio: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 27th (Thu), take the plunge with A2L-Parapente, head outdoors with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, then push the limits with an extreme tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chamonix driving holiday tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Bonifacio to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Annecy

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Annecy, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Fier, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Annecy online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:

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.