22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Blois
— 3 nights
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Nice

— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Discover out-of-the-way places like La cité médiévale and Musée Marc Chagall. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Barthelemy.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice driving holiday planner.

Portland, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Portland to Nice, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Portland in May, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Arles tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Nice to Arles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud and then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Blois.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Blois

— 3 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Villandry and Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. Popular historic sites such as Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau are in your itinerary. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Blois travel route planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Blois by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Blois, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec

— 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
On the 14th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec day trip website.

You can drive from Blois to Perros-Guirec in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Blois in May, plan for little chillier days in Perros-Guirec, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Popular historic sites such as Normandy American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Remains Mulberry Harbour. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux online trip planner.

Drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Paris

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Île de la Cité and Place de la Concorde. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
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.