20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Train
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly

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Rouen — 2 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Les Racines du Ciel, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, visit Rue du Gros-Horloge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardins d'Angelique.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rouen driving holiday planner.

Washington, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in June, things will get little chillier in Rouen: highs are around 69°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paris.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Paris — 5 nights

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. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Paris sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trip
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu. Here are some ideas for day two: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in Bayeux to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 19th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel and then take in the views from Le Vieux Pont de Ducey.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip site.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Side Trip
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Lyon — 2 nights

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 20th (Mon), make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon online vacation planner.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in June; daily highs in Lyon reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Avignon — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): awaken your taste buds at Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

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Traveling by train from Lyon to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.
Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:

Aix-en-Provence — 2 nights

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michel Church, then don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence visit planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:

Nice — 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in June, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.