21 days in France Itinerary

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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Nice — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Room Escape Games. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take a stroll through Old Town, and look for gifts at La Cave de Stephane.

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Newark, USA to Nice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Nice is 6 hours. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow 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 15th (Mon): make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, and then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio.

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Fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in May since evenings lows in Bonifacio dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Airborne Museum and Omaha Beach. Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain in Angoville-Au-Plain, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

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You can fly from Bonifacio to Bayeux in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in May, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 62°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des Douaniers, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Perros-Guirec to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Les Noyeraies du Landers and Vieux Sarlat. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Rocamadour (Cite Religieuse & La Foret des Singes), Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet (in Cales) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Biarritz.
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Biarritz — 2 nights

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Du Littoral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Aquarium de Biarritz, take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, and then stroll through La Cote des Basques.

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Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Biarritz by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in May, you will find days in Biarritz are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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.