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
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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.
Let the collections at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Airborne Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage), Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville) and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

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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. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

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 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Villandry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, then don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Azay-le-Rideau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and then contemplate the long history of Château de Biron.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

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 14th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne holiday maker site.

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. In March, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

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. Take a break from the city and head to Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Grotte de la Salamandre. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Grignan and Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur. When in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, make a side trip to see La Ferme aux Crocodiles in Pierrelatte, approximately Pierrelatte away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Le Pont d'Arc.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc day trip planning website.

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 March in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then 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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in March, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Reserve of Scandola and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Calvi tour itinerary builder website.

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 March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Calvi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and The Paris Catacombs for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planning app.

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Calvi in March: high temperatures in Paris hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 25:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.