20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 4 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.
Step out of Nice to go to Agay and see Massif de l'Esterel, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip planning tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nice, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Saint-Tropez

— 3 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer) and Sentier sous marin (in Hyeres). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Guerrevieille, ride a horse along La Mene, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax in the rural setting at Domaine de La Pierre Plantee.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nice in May: highs in Saint-Tropez hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux visit planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, things will get a bit cooler in Bayeux: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Paris

— 4 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris travel planning website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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.