21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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21 days in France Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hyeres
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Cannes
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Musee Jacquemard-Andre. Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, make a trip to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at The Catacombs of Paris.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Paris is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, expect Paris to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Hapik, then take in the exciting artwork at Frac Basse Normandie, then look for gifts at Les Vergers de Ducy - Domaine de la Flaguerie, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. On your second day here, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant, and then get your game on at Girafou.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Bayeux sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Les Vergers de Ducy - Domaine de la Flaguerie, Girafou, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Omaha Beach, Frac Basse Normandie
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Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Hapik ©
Hapik

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Appreciate the collections at Poterie Point Fusion and Anne Virlange Art Gallery. Head to Le Caviste de Maussane and La Ferme du Vallon Velauxfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Fondation Blachere (in Apt), Calanques (in Cassis) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, get a taste of the local shopping with Tuilerie Bossy, and see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence online attractions planner .

You can fly from Bayeux to Aix-en-Provence in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Bayeux in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Poterie Point Fusion, La Ferme du Vallon Velaux, Carrieres des Lumieres, Anne Virlange Art Gallery, Laser game Evolution
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Poterie Point Fusion ©
Poterie Point Fusion
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

2
nights
Hyeres

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. On the 28th (Thu), browse the different shops at L'Avenue 83, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee National de la Marine, and then head off the coast to Ile des Embiez. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Villa Noailles.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hyeres online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Musee National de la Marine, Sentier Jean Francois Jube, Ile des Embiez, L'Avenue 83, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
L'Avenue 83 ©
L'Avenue 83
Villa Noailles ©
Villa Noailles

5
nights
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.
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Musée Marc Chagall will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Marche Forville or L'Antre des Delices. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Marineland (in Antibes) and Nice (Place Massena, Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, & more). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, make a trip to La Croisette, and get a taste of the local shopping with Verrerie Pierini.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cannes itinerary planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Cannes are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nice, Biot, Marineland
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

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