20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights

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Nice

— 3 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.
Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice day trip planning site.

Paris to Nice is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paris in April since evenings lows in Nice dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take a stroll through The Panier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then don't miss a visit to Les Eclaireurs Sculpteurs Africains, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

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Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier) and Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, and explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Avignon in May, Sarlat-la-Caneda is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, don't miss a visit to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, train, and taxi from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in May, expect nights in Mont-Saint-Michel to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bayeux attractions planning site.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.