20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Taxi + Train:  5 h 15 min
4
Bourges
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
5
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  4 h 45 min
7
Reims
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Dijon
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Fontainebleau and Champs-Elysees. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, plan for little chillier nights in Paris, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau de Fontainebleau
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then kick back and relax at Paloma Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nice holiday planner.

Fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in August, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Musee Picasso, Villa Kerylos, Haut de Cagnes, Saint-Paul de Vence
Highlights from your plan
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Haut de Cagnes ©
Haut de Cagnes

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Avignon using our trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Avignon when traveling from Nice in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bourges.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, Carrieres des Lumieres, Chateau de Tarascon
Highlights from your plan
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market ©
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market

2
nights
Bourges

Bourges ©
For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Ainay-le-Vieil, then contemplate the long history of Palais Jacques-Coeur, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Etienne. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Meillant, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Gildard Convent & Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Faiencerie Montagnon, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Faience.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Bourges driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Avignon to Bourges takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Avignon in August, with highs in Bourges at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nevers, Parc et Jardins du Chateau de Bouges, Chateau de Meillant, Chateau d'Ainay-le-Vieil, Chateau de Valencay
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale St-Etienne ©
Cathedrale St-Etienne
Chateau de Valencay ©
Chateau de Valencay
Palais Jacques-Coeur ©
Palais Jacques-Coeur

2
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Blaye, do a tasting at La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Roquetaillade, and finally make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac and then steep yourself in history at Cloitre des Cordeliers.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Bourges to Bordeaux takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes, Chateau de Roquetaillade
Highlights from your plan
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Chateau de Roquetaillade ©
Chateau de Roquetaillade

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Paul Cezanne’s Studio and then do a tasting at Chateau La Coste en Provence.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence holiday planner.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Aix-en-Provence in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Bordeaux in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Aix-en-Provence, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Reims.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Marseille
Highlights from your plan
Chateau La Coste en Provence ©
Chateau La Coste en Provence
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

2
nights
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Vauclair, take an in-depth tour of Caverne du Dragon, then do a tasting at WB Champagne, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Champagne Roger Manceaux, learn about winemaking at Champagne Janisson Baradon et Fils, and then get outside with Les Faux de Verzy.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Reims trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Aix-en-Provence to Reims takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in August, expect Reims to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Reims

Outdoors Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Les Faux de Verzy, Abbaye de Vauclair, Champagne Janisson Baradon et Fils, Champagne Roger Manceaux, Caverne du Dragon
Highlights from your plan
Les Faux de Verzy ©
Les Faux de Verzy
Caverne du Dragon ©
Caverne du Dragon
Abbaye de Vauclair ©
Abbaye de Vauclair

2
nights
Dijon

Dijon ©
Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee Rude, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Notre-Dame de Dole, then meet the residents at Parc de l'Auxois, and finally contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dijon, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Reims to Dijon in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Reims in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dijon, with lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dijon

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trips

Parc de l'Auxois, Collegiale Notre-Dame de Dole, Philippe Leclerc Wine Cellar
Highlights from your plan
Parc de l'Auxois ©
Parc de l'Auxois
Musee Rude ©
Musee Rude
Collegiale Notre-Dame de Dole ©
Collegiale Notre-Dame de Dole

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