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
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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
5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Museum-lovers will appreciate Airborne Museum and Musee du debarquement. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, take an in-depth tour of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Villandry. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, then don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Azay-le-Rideau tour itinerary planner.

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 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

On the 10th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and then contemplate the long history of Château de Biron.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online journey planner.

Drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. July in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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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 12th (Fri): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary builder.

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. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July, Carcassonne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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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. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Grignan and Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur. Discover out-of-the-way places like Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Le Pont d'Arc. 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). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.
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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.
On the 16th (Tue), wander the streets of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

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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. Traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in July, expect nights in Nice to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Calvi.
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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. On the 18th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi, get interesting insight from Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Village abandonné d'Occi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Calvi trip app.

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, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

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Traveling by flight from Calvi to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Calvi in July, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) 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.
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