20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Rennes
— 1 night
Drive
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Dinan
— 1 night
Drive
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Brest
— 1 night
Drive
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Rennes
Drive
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Nantes
— 1 night
Drive
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Blois
— 1 night
Drive
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Amboise
— 1 night
Train
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Bordeaux
— 1 night
Drive
12
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 1 night
Drive
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Toulouse
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
15
Arles
— 1 night
Fly
16
Lyon
— 1 night
Fly
17
Troyes
— 1 night
Drive
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Metz
— 1 night
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Popular historic sites such as Arc de Triomphe and Chateau of Vincennes are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Latin Quarter, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee Nissim de Camondo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rouen.

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Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 13th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Roumare Forest, relax and rejuvenate at Ambiance Spa, then stop by Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Rouen to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 42°F at night. You will leave for Rennes on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Rennes

— 1 night
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine, indulge in some personalized pampering at Awelys Spa Privatif, and then play a few rounds at Golf de Cice Blossac.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Rennes sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Rennes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Rennes sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dinan.

Things to do in Rennes

Golf · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Spas

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Dinan

— 1 night
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Lehon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Dinan.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dinan route maker site.

You can drive from Rennes to Dinan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Dinan sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brest.

Things to do in Dinan

Historic Sites

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Brest

— 1 night
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. On the 16th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Le Phare du Petit Minou, visit a coastal fixture at Plage du Petit Minou, then stroll through Vallon du stang Alar, and finally soak in style at Nomade Spa & Beaute.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brest tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dinan to Brest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Brest can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Brest

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

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Rennes

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the striking features of Mairie de Rennes.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rennes trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Brest to Rennes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for Nantes.
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Nantes

— 1 night

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 17th (Wed), admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nantes itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Rennes to Nantes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blois.

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Blois

— 1 night

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
On the 18th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Chateau de Chambord, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Escalier Denis Papin.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Blois itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Nantes to Blois by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. November in Blois sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Spas

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Amboise

— 1 night
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils, then stroll around La Pagode de Chanteloup et son parc, and finally savor the flavors at Caves du Pere Auguste.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amboise trip planner.

Traveling by car from Blois to Amboise takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Amboise sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Amboise

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Bordeaux

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

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 20th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, then stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and then take a stroll through Port de la Lune.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Amboise to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
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Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Manoir de Gisson, then Head underground at Abri de Cap Blanc, and then stroll through Grotte du Grand Roc.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Toulouse

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 22nd (Mon), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and then get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, stop by Cité de Carcassonne, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Carcassonne vacation planning website.

Drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods

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Arles

— 1 night

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally steep yourself in history at Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Arles day trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Arles are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Arles

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Lyon

— 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Blandine, make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and finally visit The Presqu'ile.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

Getting from Arles to Lyon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Arles in November, with highs in Lyon at 53°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Troyes.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Troyes

— 1 night

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue Rachi Troyes, then soak in style at Spa NUXE, and then learn about winemaking at Champagne Remy Massin et fils.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Troyes trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Troyes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Troyes can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Metz.

Things to do in Troyes

Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Spas
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Metz

— 1 night

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Maximin, deepen your understanding at Group Fortifications of Aisne, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Comedie.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Metz route builder site.

You can drive from Troyes to Metz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Metz are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Metz

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France travel guide

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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.