21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly to Lyon, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Paris — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Newark, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in August, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.
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Colleville-sur-Mer — 1 night

Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then head outdoors with Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colleville-sur-Mer attractions planner.

Drive from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Colleville-sur-Mer to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can 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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll around Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August: highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel 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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, get outside with Brevent Cable Car, and stroll through Domaine des Planards.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Chamonix takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach, put a fun spin on your tour with Total Xscape, and stroll through Heraclee Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Chamonix to Saint-Raphael in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Step out of Nice to go to Cannes and see Lérins Islands, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch 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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