20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner
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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Orleans
— 2 nights
Train
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Tours
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Train
5
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Drive
6
Angouleme
— 5 nights
Drive
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Limoges
— 1 day
Train
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Paris
— 2 nights
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Paris — 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee des Arts et Metiers, Musee de l'Orangerie and Palais Garnier. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online tour planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Orleans.
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Orleans — 2 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Cléry-Saint-André, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse de Saint Paterne. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbatiale Notre-Dame, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, then contemplate the long history of Domaine National de Chambord, and finally examine the collection at La Maison des Etangs.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Orleans road trip planning app.

Drive from Paris to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Orleans are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tours.
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Tours — 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tours holiday builder tool.

Getting from Orleans to Tours by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January in Tours, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 1 night

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 26th (Sun), make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, get to know the fascinating history of Rue Sur-les-Murs, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre des Dames Blanches, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Rochelle trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tours to La Rochelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to Porte Cailhau, then browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. January in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will leave for Angouleme on the 28th (Tue).
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Angouleme — 5 nights

Angoulême is a commune, the capital of the Charente department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Angoumoisins or Angoumoisines.Located on a plateau overlooking a meander of the Charente River, the city is nicknamed the "balcony of the southwest". Your day by day itinerary now includes Le Musee de la Bande Dessinee. Maison Boinaud and Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Les Grottes du Queroy and Plan d'Eau de la Grande Prairie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Angouleme: Eglise St Pierre (in Aulnay), Ecomusee du Cognac (in Migron) and Espace Decouverte en Pays du Cognac (in Cognac). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Civray, explore the world behind art at Le Tresor de la Cathedrale d'Angouleme, see the interesting displays at Musee d'Angouleme, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Andre.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Angouleme road trip website.

Getting from Bordeaux to Angouleme by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Angouleme, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Limoges.
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Limoges — 1 day

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee National Adrien Dubouche as well as Chapelle Saint Aurelien. On the 2nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Abbaye Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Aurelien, then explore the world behind art at Musee National Adrien Dubouche, and finally admire the striking features of Gare de Limoges.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Limoges trip builder website.

Getting from Angouleme to Limoges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Angouleme in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Limoges: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris — 2 nights

City of Light

Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee Rodin, Musee de l'Orangerie and Palais Garnier. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis, examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Vincennes, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Limoges to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the flight 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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