20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
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Saumur
— 3 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris visit site.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Colombo to Paris. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Colombo in April, with highs in Paris at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Bayeux War Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Visiting Plage du Sillon and Avel Char will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mont Saint-Michel and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Explore Saint-Malo's surroundings by going to Plevenon (Fort La Latte & Cap Fréhel) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, enjoy breathtaking views from Les Remparts de Dinan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo vacation builder app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec

— 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec journey planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Perros-Guirec in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Perros-Guirec are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saumur.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saumur

— 3 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Blindes and Le Cadre Noir. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Villandry and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier. Get out of town with these interesting Saumur side-trips: Domaine Des Deux Arcs (in Martigne-Briand), Chateau de Ligre (in Ligre) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Breze, admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Brissac, and make a trip to Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Saumur trip app.

Getting from Perros-Guirec to Saumur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle visit planner.

You can drive from Saumur to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Saumur in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nice

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Vieille Ville are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee Matisse capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice online tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.