20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France Trip Planner

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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Versailles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chateaudun
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 3 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.
Visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris to go to Marne-la-Vallee and see Disneyland Paris, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Versailles

— 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Royale St-Louis, then experience rural life at Le Cez Sheepfold National De Rambouillet, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Breteuil. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Versailles journey builder.

Traveling by car from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Versailles are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Bayeux.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Family-friendly places like Omaha Beach and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Baron Gerard and Musee D-Day Omaha. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau des Ravalet (in Tourlaville) and Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Le Moulin de Moidrey and then examine the collection at Cathedraloscope. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): explore the galleries of Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin de Ronde.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mont-Saint-Michel trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chateaudun.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Chateaudun

— 3 nights
Châteaudun is a commune in the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France. Chateau of Chateaudun has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then step into the grandiose world of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Chateaudun, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Louis de Chambord, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chateaudun trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Chateaudun in 3.5 hours. In January in Chateaudun, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 35°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Avignon.

Things to do in Chateaudun

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 3 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.
On the 10th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Grignan, then get some fabulous bargains at Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran, and then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see where the action happens at Arenes de Nimes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Avignon online trip builder.

You can drive from Chateaudun to Avignon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Avignon are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.