21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Nice

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée Marc Chagall and Palais Lascaris. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Croisette (in Cannes), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

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Toronto, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Arles online journey planner.

You can drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

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

Drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, step into the grandiose world 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: see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums

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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 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Azay-le-Rideau online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Azay-le-Rideau takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Azay-le-Rideau: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Memorial de Caen and Musee du debarquement. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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Paris

— 5 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 Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

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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.