21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 2 nights
Fly
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Bayeux War Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial.

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Washington DC, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau

— 2 nights
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Azay-le-Rideau day trip tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Azay-le-Rideau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Azay-le-Rideau are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and then steep yourself in history at Château de Biron.

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Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 10th (Sat), take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 3 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Grignan and Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur. Visiting Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Gorges de l'Ardeche will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc day trip planning app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Nice

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stop by Vieille Ville, then make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip maker website.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in July: highs in Nice hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then delve into the distant past at Village abandonné d'Occi. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola and then see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Calvi online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Calvi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Calvi can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Calvi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris journey maker tool.

Getting from Calvi to Paris by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calvi in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

France travel guide

4.3
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.