20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  30​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Auckland

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Massif de l'Esterel in Agay, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice online attractions planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Nice is minus 11 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Massif de l'Esterel
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

3
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Sentier sous marin (in Hyeres) and Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Guerrevieille, stroll through Plage du Gros Pin, explore by horseback at La Mene, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Nice in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Tropez, with highs around 28°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Grimaud, La Croix-Valmer, Sainte-Maxime, Sentier sous marin
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier
Sentier sous marin ©
Sentier sous marin

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Laser game Evolution, Palais des Papes, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
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). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner .

Getting from Marseille to Bayeux by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in May, with highs in Bayeux at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Normandy American Cemetery, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Room Escape Games
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

4
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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