20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Paris
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  5 h 30 min
4
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Albi
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  4 h
6
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: San Francisco

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.
Get some cultural insight at Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, make a trip to Louvre Museum, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary builder app .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Paris reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trestraou, stroll through Sentier des douaniers, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Sentier de L'ile Renote, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual, and finally contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Beauport.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Perros-Guirec road trip planning website .

Getting from Paris to Perros-Guirec by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Perros-Guirec sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet, La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual, Abbaye de Beauport, Sentier de L'ile Renote, Ploumanac'h LIghthouse
Highlights from your plan
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Abbaye de Beauport ©
Abbaye de Beauport

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, learn about all things military at Museum of the Battle of Normandy, and then learn about all things military at Memorial of Caen.

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You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Memorial de Caen, Pointe du Hoc, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

1
night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Carcassonne Medieval City. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne Center in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Carcassonne Center is a bit warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateaux de Lastours
Highlights from your plan
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

3
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Musee Soulages (in Rodez), Village Medieval de Lautrec (in Lautrec) and Chemin de Halage (in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cenevieres, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, and see the interesting displays at Musee Laperouse.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Albi trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Rodez, Village Medieval de Lautrec, Chateau de Cenevieres
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Chateau de Cenevieres ©
Chateau de Cenevieres
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel and then head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Albi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In September in Bonifacio, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Calvi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Aregno Beach, cruise along Dans les Yeux de Lucie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, then stroll through Punta Spano, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Calvi journey site .

Traveling by car from Bonifacio to Calvi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Calvi are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Aregno, Dans les Yeux de Lucie, Nature Reserve of Scandola
Highlights from your plan
Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Saint-Paul de Vence. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Palais Lascaris. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to St-Paul-de-Vence (Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs & La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice planner .

Traveling by flight from Calvi to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Nice are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Eze, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

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