20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Bergerac-Roumanière Airport, Drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villandry
— 2 nights
Drive to Tours-Val-de-Loire Airport, Fly to Saint Louis

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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 3 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Hautefort and The Maison Forte de Reignac. Take a break from the city and head to Grotte de Rouffignac and Grotte de Tourtoirac. Step out of Sarlat-la-Caneda with an excursion to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques in Peyzac-le-Moustier--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, and Head underground at Grotte de Font de Gaume.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online tour itinerary planner.

Saint Louis, USA to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Saint Louis in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 41°F in Sarlat-la-Caneda. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocamadour.
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Rocamadour — 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, and then contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse. Keep things going the next day: trek along Chemin de Halage, then Head underground at Grotte du Pech-Merle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de l'Hospitalet, and finally identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rocamadour trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Rocamadour in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Rocamadour are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and then kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rocamadour in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 2 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi, kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bonifacio trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Bonifacio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Calvi.
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Calvi, Corsica — 2 nights

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Village abandonné d'Occi, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, then see Off-Road Tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Thomas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Calvi trip planning website.

Getting from Bonifacio to Calvi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Calvi are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 4 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Step out of the city life by going to Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles and Sentier des Douaniers. Popular historic sites such as Promenade du Clair de Lune and Cap Fréhel are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon (in Plevenon) and Rennes (Parc du Thabor & Parlement de Bretagne). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Les Remparts de Dinan, make a trip to Moulin a Maree du Grand Traouiero, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and get great views at Cap d'Erquy.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Perros-Guirec road trip planner.

Getting from Calvi to Perros-Guirec by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Calvi in April, with highs in Perros-Guirec at 56°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer — 2 nights

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum). Keep things going the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Maisy Battery, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip maker app.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Villandry.
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Villandry — 2 nights

Villandry is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Villandry route planner.

You can drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Villandry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Villandry, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel 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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