21 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Honfleur
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Nice — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Vence (La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence & Ville medieval) and Cannes (Le Suquet, La Croisette, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the local landmark of Fontaine du Soleil, see the interesting displays at Les Musees de La Citadelle, and go for a walk through Quai des Etats Unis.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nice day trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in February; daily highs in Nice reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Musee Granet). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon holiday planner.

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Avignon when traveling from Nice in February, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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 11th (Thu), take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, and then admire the local landmark of Place Carnot. On the next day, steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne vacation planning app.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris as well as Grevin Museum. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Le Marais, shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in February, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 2 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 18th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at 1 Air de Zen, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and then take in the views from Pont de Normandie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Deauville Beach, contemplate the long history of Greniers a sel de Honfleur, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Honfleur trip builder app.

You can drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Honfleur to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Rouen, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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