20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Marseille
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Arles
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Paris
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
La Croix-Valmer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Mandelieu-la-Napoule
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Seattle

4
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Arenes de Nimes. Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Old Town. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Plage de Piemanson (in Salin de Giraud), Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Plage de Jean Blanc) and Plage Napoleon (in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres de Lumieres, take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

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Seattle, USA to Marseille is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Seattle to Marseille, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in June, things will get a bit warmer in Marseille: highs are around 83°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Carrieres des Lumieres, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Arenes de Nimes, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, and then kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer beach. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Chateau d'Estoublon, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and then identify plant and animal life at Camargue Nature Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Arles online vacation planner .

Take a train from Marseille to Arles in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Arles, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Arles

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Chateau de Tarascon
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence
Chateau de Tarascon ©
Chateau de Tarascon

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Le Marais. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Île de la Cité and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Parc du Chateau de Nogent le Roi (in Nogent-le-Roi) and L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, kick back and relax at Paris Plage, and take a stroll through Place de la Bastille.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker website .

Take a train from Arles to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Arles in June; daily highs in Paris reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Parc du Chateau de Nogent le Roi, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, paddle through the water with Kayak Vert, and then contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Vignobles Mayard, then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, then delve into the distant past at Forteresse de Mornas, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Paris to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Vignobles Mayard, Kayak Vert, Roman Theatre of Orange, Forteresse de Mornas
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas
Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais

2
nights
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer ©
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then pause for some photo ops at Place Saint Louis, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Grand Travers. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of The Camargue.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planner .

You can drive from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, The Camargue, Plage du Grand Travers
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Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons ©
Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons

2
nights
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. On the 22nd (Sat), kick back and relax at Grande Plage du Lavandou, then trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, and then head outdoors with Plage de Saint-Clair. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Plage de Cavaliere and then stroll through Plage de Bonporteau.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to La Croix-Valmer takes 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Mandelieu-la-Napoule.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Plage de Bonporteau
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Grande Plage du Lavandou ©
Grande Plage du Lavandou
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere
Plage de Bonporteau ©
Plage de Bonporteau

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Mandelieu-la-Napoule

On the 24th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Pointe de l'Aiguille. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mandelieu-la-Napoule trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from La Croix-Valmer to Mandelieu-la-Napoule in 1.5 hours. Traveling from La Croix-Valmer in June, you will find days in Mandelieu-la-Napoule are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mandelieu-la-Napoule

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Juan les Pins Main Beach, La Pointe de l'Aiguille, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Pointe de l'Aiguille ©
La Pointe de l'Aiguille

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