20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner

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Paris
— 3 nights
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Versailles
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Cannes
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Visit Eiffel Tower and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, wander the streets of Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation builder website.

Alexandria, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Alexandria to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Alexandria in March: high temperatures in Paris hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Versailles

— 3 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Chateau de Maintenon and Orléans Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Historial Jeanne d’Arc and Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique). Explore Versailles' surroundings by going to Rouen (Gros-Horloge, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more) and Place du Martroi (in Orleans). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles, take a stroll through Quartier Saint-Louis, and make a trip to The Hall of Mirrors.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Versailles day trip app.

Drive from Paris to Versailles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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 Spas and Cemetery of the Old Chateau. Get some cultural insight at Promenade Le Corbusier and Villa Kerylos. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Basilica St. Michel in Menton, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Armenienne Sainte-Marie de Nice, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planner.

You can fly from Versailles to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Versailles in March; daily highs in Nice reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Vallon des Auffes. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Arles (St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), Eglise St-Trophime, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame du Rosaire, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 14th (Sun), wander the streets of Le Suquet, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, then explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Rue d'Antibes, take a stroll through La Croisette, and then look for gifts at Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes itinerary maker website.

Getting from Marseille to Cannes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Lyon

— 5 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fourviere Hill. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fresque des Lyonnais and Musee Pierre Vigne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges), Bourg-en-Bresse (Monastere Royal de Brou & Chapelle des Jesuites) and Dolce Via (Saint-Martin-de-Valamas – Saint Agreve) (in Saint-Agreve). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, and get engrossed in the history at Chateau Musee de Desaignes.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon online trip maker.

You can fly from Cannes to Lyon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You will leave for home on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

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.