20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paris
— 2 nights
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
3
Rocamadour
— 1 night
4
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
5
Castellane
— 1 night
6
Antibes
— 2 nights
7
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
8
Ajaccio, Corsica
— 1 night
9
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
10
Chamonix
— 2 nights
11
Annecy
— 1 night

2
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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 12.5-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 travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
L'Orangerie ©
L'Orangerie
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda
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 3.5 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

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Castelnaud, Chateau de Beynac, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques
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Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat
Canoes Loisirs ©
Canoes Loisirs
Grotte de Rouffignac ©
Grotte de Rouffignac

1
night
Rocamadour

Rocamadour ©
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

Side Trips

Gouffre de Padirac, Grottes de Lacave
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La Foret des Singes ©
La Foret des Singes
Grottes de Lacave ©
Grottes de Lacave
Rocher des Aigles ©
Rocher des Aigles

3
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
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 Kayaking & Canoeing. 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), Mejannes-le-Clap (Centre Equestre De Mejannes Le Clap & Grotte de la Salamandre) and Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues). The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere, and identify plant and animal life at Le Pont d'Arc.

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You can drive from Rocamadour to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 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, expect a bit warmer with lows of 63°F in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, Mejannes-le-Clap, GEO Ardeche Canyon, Base Canyon de la Besorgues
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GEO Ardeche Canyon ©
GEO Ardeche Canyon
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Grotte de la Salamandre ©
Grotte de la Salamandre

1
night
Castellane

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
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Climbing Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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Antibes

Antibes ©
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 travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Theoule sur Mer, Saint-Raphael
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TakSea ©
TakSea
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Île Sainte-Marguerite ©
Île Sainte-Marguerite

2
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Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
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 do a combination of train and flight from Antibes to Calvi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. 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

Side Trips

Corsica, Galeria Marina
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Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours

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Ajaccio, Corsica

Ajaccio ©
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 take a bus; or do a combination of bus and 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

Side Trip

Presqu’Ile Isolella
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Canyoning Corse ©
Canyoning Corse
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
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Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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

Side Trips

Plage de San Giovanni, Plage De Roccapina
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Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Off-Road Tours

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Chamonix

Chamonix ©
"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 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

Side Trip

A2L-Parapente
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Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car
Parasailing & Paragliding
Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche

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Annecy

Annecy ©
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

Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trip

Les Gorges du Fier
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Les Gorges du Fier ©
Les Gorges du Fier
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy

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