20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18​h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Reims
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
3
Epernay
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
4
Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
5
Dijon
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
6
Lyon
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 45​min
7
Nice
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 45​min
9
Paris
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
La Chapelle-Monthodon
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

3
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.
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 Sainte-Chapelle. It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Paris route website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Paris. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

1
night
Reims

Reims ©
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. On the 21st (Sat), do a tasting at Champagnes Pommery, do a tasting at Maison Ruinart, do a tasting at La Maison Mumm, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Remi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Reims online holiday planner .

Getting from Paris to Reims by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Reims, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Epernay.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Champagne Cuillier
Highlights from your plan
Champagnes Pommery ©
Champagnes Pommery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Champagne Cuillier ©
Champagne Cuillier

1
night
Epernay

Epernay ©
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 Champagne Cellars, Avenue de Champagne and Mercier. On the 22nd (Sun), do a tasting at Mercier, then learn about winemaking at Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars, and then get to know the fascinating history of Avenue de Champagne.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Epernay journey app .

Epernay is just a stone's throw from Reims. December in Epernay sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars ©
Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars
Avenue de Champagne ©
Avenue de Champagne
Mercier ©
Mercier

3
nights
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
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.
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Cristal Lehrer Bruno (in Garrebourg) and Little Venice (in Colmar). There's more to do: take a stroll through La Petite France and examine the collection at Palais de Rohan.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip planner.

You can take a train from Epernay to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Dijon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cristal Lehrer Bruno, Little Venice
Highlights from your plan
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

2
nights
Dijon

Dijon ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon and Maison Milliere. Get out of town with these interesting Dijon side-trips: Chateau du Clos de Vougeot (in Vougeot) and Boursot Pere & Fils (in Chambolle-Musigny). There's still lots to do: trek along Owl's Trail, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, and pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dijon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Dijon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Boursot Pere & Fils, Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon ©
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon
Boursot Pere & Fils ©
Boursot Pere & Fils
Owl's Trail ©
Owl's Trail

1
night
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
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Getting from Dijon to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in December: high temperatures in Nice hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike ©
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike

1
night
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
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 landmark architecture of Le Tour de l'Horloge.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence online day trip planner .

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

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Le Tour de l'Horloge ©
Le Tour de l'Horloge

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nights
Paris

Paris ©
You've now added Disneyland Paris to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Paris Charms & Secrets Tours and Seine River. Do your shopping at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. See some other sides of Paris: wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris travel site .

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Paris by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Aix-en-Provence in December, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
Paris Charms & Secrets Tours ©
Paris Charms & Secrets Tours

2
nights
La Chapelle-Monthodon

La Chapelle-Monthodon ©
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Champagne Dom Caudron, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois, make a trip to Halle aux Bles, then indulge your taste buds at Champagne Sourdet-Diot, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Dormans 14-18.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read La Chapelle-Monthodon online vacation planner .

You can drive from Paris to La Chapelle-Monthodon in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in La Chapelle-Monthodon are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Chapelle-Monthodon

Wineries Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Fere-en-Tardenois, Champagne Dom Caudron, La Hotte du Diable, Memorial de Dormans 14-18
Highlights from your plan
Champagne Dom Caudron ©
Champagne Dom Caudron
Champagne Sourdet-Diot ©
Champagne Sourdet-Diot
La Hotte du Diable ©
La Hotte du Diable