20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Taxi to Pontorson Mont St Michel, Train to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris
— 1 night
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Paris — 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in August, expect nights in Paris to be colder, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel 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 15th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, make a trip to Tour Gabriel, don't miss a visit to Tour de L'Arcade, make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to Grand Degre.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 16th (Tue), take a stroll through Port de la Lune. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, then indulge your taste buds at Cloitre des Cordeliers, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau La Croizille.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux tour itinerary app.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
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Nice — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Castel Plage and Cap Ferrat Diving. Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Old Harbor (La Darse) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Èze, and see the interesting displays at Les Musees de La Citadelle.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online travel route planner.

Fly from Bordeaux to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Plan D'Eau de Bordelan, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to La Place Bellecour, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Lyon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Lyon, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi. On the next day, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade de Chedde, then explore the activities along Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges de la Diosaz.

Plan trip to Chamonix with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Lyon to Chamonix in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dijon.
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Dijon — 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Explore hidden gems such as Owl's Trail and Collegiale Notre Dame. Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu and Eglise Saint-Michel de Dijon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dijon: Maison aux Mille Truffes by l'Or des Valois (in Marey-les-Fussey) and Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion (in Vosne-Romanee). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Philippe Leclerc Wine Cellar, learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rude.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dijon trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Chamonix to Dijon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Dijon sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris — 1 night

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, appreciate the history behind Pantheon, and then explore the world behind art at Atelier des Lumieres.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planner.

You can take a train from Dijon to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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