20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Cannes
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Albi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  6​h 45​min
4
Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Amiens
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Train:  4​h 45​min
7
Colmar
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum Fragonard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence, and then wander the streets of Le Suquet.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes driving holiday website .

Minneapolis, USA to Cannes is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Minneapolis to Cannes, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in January, expect Cannes to be much warmer, temps between 56°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Musee du Parfum Fragonard, Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore hidden gems such as Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Visit Eglise St-Trophime and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (Cathédrale La Major & The Panier) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Albi.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arles, Marseille, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
Highlights from your plan
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre

2
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally take in the views from Pont Vieux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle St Jacques, then step into the grandiose world of Forteresse de Najac, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Albi trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Albi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. January in Albi sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chapelle St Jacques, Forteresse de Najac, Eglise Saint-Francois
Highlights from your plan
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Forteresse de Najac ©
Forteresse de Najac

4
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pointe du Grouin and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Plage du Sillon and Airborne Museum. Explore Saint-Malo's surroundings by going to Cap Fréhel (in Saint-Brieuc), Perros-Guirec (Sentier des douaniers & Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h) and Jardin aux Moines (in Neant-sur-Yvel). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Rochefort-en-terre.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Albi to Saint-Malo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec, Jardin aux Moines, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pointe du Grouin, Cap Fréhel
Highlights from your plan
Plage du Sillon ©
Plage du Sillon
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin

1
night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer ©
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 24th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Highlights from your plan
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

3
nights
Amiens

Amiens ©
Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Get some historical perspective at Lochnagar Crater and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. Step off the beaten path and head to Parc du Marquenterre and Carriere Wellington. Get out of town with these interesting Amiens side-trips: Galerie Maznel (in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme), Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage) and Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine (in Lewarde). There's more to do: wander the streets of St-Leu.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amiens trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Amiens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Amiens, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galerie Maznel, Carriere Wellington, Parc du Marquenterre, Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine, Le Touquet Beach
Highlights from your plan
Le Touquet Beach ©
Le Touquet Beach
Lochnagar Crater ©
Lochnagar Crater

4
nights
Colmar

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cite de l'Automobile and Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée d'Unterlinden and Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy. Step out of Colmar with an excursion to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg in Orschwiller--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, don't miss a visit to Old Town, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nicolas.

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Take a train from Amiens to Colmar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Colmar sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mulhouse, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, Eglise Saint-Nicolas
Highlights from your plan
Cite de l'Automobile ©
Cite de l'Automobile
Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden

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