20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker.

Saint Louis, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Saint Louis to Paris. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint Louis in April: highs in Paris hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Musee Picasso, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nice tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in April since evenings lows in Nice dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, see the interesting displays at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then wander the streets of The Panier, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Trolib, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip planning app.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Marseille, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 22nd (Sat), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip planning tool.

Fly from Avignon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Avignon in April, plan for slightly colder days in Mont-Saint-Michel, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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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.
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