20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
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Eze
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Lyon
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Annecy
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Colmar
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Strasbourg
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Paris
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Giverny
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Mont-Saint-Michel
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Chambord
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La Rochelle
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Bordeaux
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Rocamadour
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Carcassonne
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Gordes
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Nice — 1 night

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.
Colline du Chateau overlook has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice day trip planning app.

Antibes to Nice is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll set off for Eze on the 5th (Thu).
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Eze — 1 night

Hillside villages along the Mediterranean coast don't come more picturesque than Eze, attracting vacationers with its perfectly preserved medieval streets, colorful botanical gardens, and sweeping sea views.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Vieux La Turbie, kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand, and then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Eze road trip website.

Eze is just a short distance from Nice. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes LyonExplorer, La Place Bellecour and Colline de Fourviere. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville de Lyon, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then catch all the local highlights with LyonExplorer, then shop like a local with La Place Bellecour, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and finally don't miss a visit to Mur des Canuts.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Lyon holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Eze to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Eze in May, plan for little chillier nights in Lyon, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.
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Annecy — 1 night

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Le Paquier as well as Lake Annecy. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Le Paquier, then walk around Parc Charles Bosson, then don't miss a visit to Pont des Amours, and finally explore the activities along Lake Annecy.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Annecy holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Colmar.
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Colmar — 1 night

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Saint-Ulrich, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Giersberg, then explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colmar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Annecy to Colmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Colmar sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 1 night

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
On the 10th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Protestante Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux, learn about all things military at MM Park France, admire the striking features of La Neustadt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of La Petite France, do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pagan Wall, and finally see the interesting displays at Maison de la Manufacture d'Armes Blanches.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Colmar to Strasbourg in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods
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Paris — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Île de la Cité and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Vincennes, and explore the galleries of Louvre Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planning website.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Giverny.
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Giverny — 1 night

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 15th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, then examine the collection at Fondation Claude Monet, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and finally examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Giverny road trip planning app.

Getting from Paris to Giverny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Giverny are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, make a trip to Grand Degre, make a trip to Tour de L'Arcade, stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, then make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, and finally get great views at Cabane Vauban.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Giverny to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Chambord.
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Chambord — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Louis de Chambord, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord, then admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Beaugency, then steep yourself in history at Tour Cesar Donjon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Clocher Saint Firmin.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chambord trip builder.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Chambord by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 1 night

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 18th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Sur-les-Murs, visit a coastal fixture at Phare du Bout du Monde, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle travel planner.

Drive from Chambord to La Rochelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chambord in May since evenings lows in La Rochelle dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 3 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Port de la Lune, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame, then admire the local landmark of Monument aux Girondins, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online tour builder.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.
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Rocamadour — 1 night

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 21st (Sat), examine the collection at Musee La Maison des Abeilles, explore the historical opulence of Remparts du Chateau, then stroll through Rocher des Aigles, then don't miss a visit to Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet, and finally contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Rocamadour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Rocamadour sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife
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Carcassonne — 1 night

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 22nd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip builder.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Gordes.
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Gordes — 1 day

Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Medievale Notre-Dame-d'Alydon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Veran, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gordes trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Gordes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May in Gordes, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.