21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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21 days in France Itinerary

Start: Columbia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Nice
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  4​h 45​min
3
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Albi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Saint-Emilion
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Bayeux
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Columbia

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 3rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Coco Beach, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder site .

Columbia, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Columbia to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Columbia in June: high temperatures in Nice hover around 76°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Phare de la Pietra, then kick back and relax at Plage de l'Ostriconi, then kick back and relax at Punta Spano, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Arinella and Algaio Beach, then stroll through Aregno Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Calvi online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Nice to Calvi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in Calvi are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aregno Beach, Plage de l'Ostriconi
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Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aregno Beach ©
Aregno Beach

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Carcassonne Medieval City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours and then take in the dramatic scenery at Source Salee de la Sals.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Calvi to Carcassonne Center takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Chateaux de Lastours, Source Salee de la Sals
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

2
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 9th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Penne, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Saut du Tarn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame d'Alban, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Brousse le Chateau, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Musee du Saut du Tarn, Forteresse de Najac, Chateau de Brousse le Chateau, Chateau de Penne, Eglise Notre Dame d'Alban
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Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

2
nights
Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion ©
Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
On the 11th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Maison du Jouet Rustique, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Duras, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Paleogalerie, learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, and then don't miss a visit to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saint-Emilion trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Albi to Saint-Emilion in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Maison du Jouet Rustique, Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean, Paleogalerie, Chateau de Duras
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Paleogalerie ©
Paleogalerie

1
night
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then kick back and relax at Tregastel - la Greve Blanche, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then stroll through Sentier des douaniers, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual, and finally contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Beauport.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Saint-Emilion to Perros-Guirec in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Saint-Emilion, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, Abbaye de Beauport, Plage de la Greve Blanche, Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h, La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual
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Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of the Battle of Normandy and Omaha Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Venture out of the city with trips to Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe Du Hoc Memorial (in Saint Pierre du Mont) and German War Cemetery Marigny (in Marigny). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Bayeux are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Mont Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paris online visit planner .

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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