20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
Train
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Amboise
— 2 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 1 night
Drive
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Annecy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly

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Bayeux — 1 night

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 10th (Mon): witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

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Saint Louis, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Saint Louis to Bayeux. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Saint Louis in April; daily highs in Bayeux reach 58°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive 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 12th (Wed): make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel, then don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then take in the local highlights with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Etretat.
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, then take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises d'Etretat, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite).

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You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Etretat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. In April in Etretat, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paris.
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Montmartre are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, stroll through Île de la Cité, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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You can drive from Etretat to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Amboise.
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Amboise — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

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You can take a train from Paris to Amboise in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Amboise, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lyon.
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Lyon — 1 night

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 20th (Thu): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

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Traveling by train from Amboise to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Annecy.
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Annecy — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 21st (Fri), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Annecy Lake Safari, stop by YAKAPEDALER, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy. On the next day, ski along the peaceful trails at Les Raquettes de l'Estancot, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Notre Dame du Lac " Annecy ", and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz.

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Traveling by car from Lyon to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Parc National des Calanques. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and finally take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes.

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Traveling by flight from Annecy to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Annecy in April, Marseille is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lérins Islands and Old Town. Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

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You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 28th (Fri), 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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