20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Reims
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Strasbourg
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Marseille
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Lyon
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Rouen
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
11
Versailles
— 2 nights
Train:  15 min
12
Paris
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Vancouver

1
night
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): do a tasting at Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars and then steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Remi. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Porte d'Ardon, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, then steep yourself in history at Porte de Soissons, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Reims trip itinerary maker website.

Vancouver, Canada to Reims is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Reims due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in May, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Reims. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Laon, Fere-en-Tardenois, Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars
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Basilique Saint-Remi ©
Basilique Saint-Remi
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon
Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars ©
Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars

1
night
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On the 3rd (Sun), stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and finally get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip tool.

Getting from Reims to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Alsatian Museum ©
Alsatian Museum
Parc de l'Orangerie ©
Parc de l'Orangerie

2
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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 4th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then visit Vieille Ville, then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence, then get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip app.

Getting from Strasbourg to Nice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Eglise, La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

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night
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lyon holiday maker app.

Traveling by train from Marseille to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. While traveling from Marseille, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums
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Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateaux de Lastours
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

1
night
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and then make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip app.

Traveling by train from Carcassonne to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites
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St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux ©
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse

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nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
On the 11th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then trek along Sentier des douaniers, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Ile de Batz, explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose, and then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Beauport.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Perros-Guirec trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Perros-Guirec in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Bordeaux in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ile de Batz, Cote de Granit Rose, Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, Abbaye de Beauport
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Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers
Abbaye de Beauport ©
Abbaye de Beauport

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Pegasus Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pegasus Memorial, Pointe du Hoc, Normandy American Cemetery, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Omaha Beach
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally contemplate the long history of Gros-Horloge.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip maker tool.

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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nights
Versailles

Versailles ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Palace of Versailles, then make a trip to The Hall of Mirrors, then admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, and finally admire the striking features of Ancien Hopital Royal. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to France Miniature, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Maintenon, and then walk around Le Jardin de Versailles.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Versailles trip website.

Getting from Rouen to Versailles by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Maintenon, France Miniature
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Chateau de Maintenon ©
Chateau de Maintenon
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, explore the world behind art at Atelier des Lumieres, wander the streets of Montmartre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then stroll through Île de la Cité, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip itinerary builder.

Paris is very close to Versailles. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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