20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner
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Drive
1
Annecy
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Cannes
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Train
5
Amboise
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Versailles
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Paris
— 4 nights
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Annecy — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): head off the coast to Ile des Cygnes, take a leisurely stroll along Le Paquier, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa des Lys. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St. Maurice, and then get outside with YAKAPEDALER.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Annecy attractions planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Annecy is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Geneva in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Annecy, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Cannes.
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Cannes — 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
For shopping fun, head to La Croisette or Rue d'Antibes. Lérins Islands and Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, stop by 365 Fromages, and get your game on at Entertainment Centers.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cannes trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Annecy to Cannes by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Annecy in December, with highs in Cannes at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

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 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, and finally see the interesting displays at Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Trolib, enjoy the sand and surf at Bestouan Beach, then soak away your stress at Spa La Bonne Adresse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Marseille attractions planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee du Vin et du Negoce and Spas. Kids will enjoy St. Andre Cathedral and Place de la Bourse. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau de Roquetaillade (in Mazeres), Saint-Emilion (La Tour du Chateau du Roy & The Wine Buff) and Bazas Cathedrale (in Bazas). The adventure continues: walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), take a stroll through Port de la Lune, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame, and stop by Skatepark Le Hangar Darwin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux day trip planner.

Fly from Marseille to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in December, you will find days in Bordeaux are slightly colder (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Amboise.
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Amboise — 3 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Do your shopping at Villa Quincy and Vitrail & co. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Valencay and Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Change things up with these side-trips from Amboise: Collégiale Saint-Aignan (in Saint-Aignan), Orleans (Hotel Groslot & Centre-ville) and Chateau de Meung sur Loire (in Meung-sur-Loire). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and enjoy the sand and surf at Parc Plage de Montrichard.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Amboise trip website.

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Amboise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Versailles.
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Versailles — 2 nights

Royal Paradise

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.
On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles, step into the grandiose world of Le Petit Trianon, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, and finally examine the collection at Musee National de Ceramique de Sevres.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Versailles online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Versailles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Versailles are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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 inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité. Let the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Jacquemart-Andre capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to World of Disney (in Chessy) and Val d'Europe (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, examine the collection at Musee Nissim de Camondo, explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Paris takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train 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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