20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Train
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Reims
— 1 night
Drive
3
Epernay
— 1 night
Drive
4
Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Train
5
Dijon
— 2 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 1 night
Train
7
Nice
— 1 night
Drive
8
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Fly
9
Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
10
La Chapelle-Monthodon
— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, Conciergerie, Disneyland Paris, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Paris to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Reims

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, Maison Ruinart and La Maison Mumm. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Champagnes Pommery, indulge your taste buds at Maison Ruinart, then do a tasting at La Maison Mumm, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilique Saint-Remi.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Reims tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Paris to Reims by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Epernay.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Epernay

— 1 night

Capital of Champagne

Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Moet et Chandon, Avenue de Champagne and Mercier. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Mercier, then do a tasting at Moet et Chandon, and then get to know the fascinating history of Avenue de Champagne.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Epernay travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Reims to Epernay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries · Historic Sites

Strasbourg

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Happy Strasbourg as well as Batorama. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Little Venice (in Colmar) and Cristal Lehrer Bruno (in Garrebourg). There's still lots to do: visit La Petite France and see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg travel route tool.

You can drive from Epernay to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Dijon

— 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon and Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon. Explore Dijon's surroundings by going to Boursot Pere & Fils (in Chambolle-Musigny) and Chateau du Clos de Vougeot (in Vougeot). There's lots more to do: do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, make a trip to Place de la Liberation, and enjoy the sights with a stroll at Owl's Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dijon online trip maker.

Getting from Strasbourg to Dijon by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Lyon

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planning tool.

Getting from Dijon to Lyon by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Shopping

Nice

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hike along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lyon in December; daily highs in Nice reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Aix-en-Provence

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence planner.

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Paris

— 2 nights

City of Light

You've now added Disneyland Paris to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Seine River and Ile Saint-Louis. For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. See some other sides of Paris: get a taste of local nightlife at Paris Charms & Secrets Tours.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Aix-en-Provence to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in December, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Chapelle-Monthodon.

Things to do in Paris

Theme Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Side Trip

La Chapelle-Monthodon

— 2 nights
La Chapelle-Monthodon is a former commune in the department of Aisne in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France. You've now added Champagne Sourdet-Diot to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): do a tasting at Champagne Dom Caudron, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois, then make a trip to Halle aux Bles, then do a tasting at Champagne Sourdet-Diot, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Dormans 14-18.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Chapelle-Monthodon trip maker site.

Getting from Paris to La Chapelle-Monthodon by car takes about 2 hours. January in La Chapelle-Monthodon sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Chapelle-Monthodon

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

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.