21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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21 days in France Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17 h
1
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Amboise
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Reims
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Paris
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  14 h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Croisette and Le Suquet. Visit Vieille Ville and Rue d'Antibes for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Notre Dame d'Esperance (in Cannes) and Verrerie Pierini (in Biot). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get to know the fascinating history of Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence, and look for gifts at Vinazur - Vins de Provence.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nice tour planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Nice is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, things will get little chillier in Nice: highs are around 18°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Cannes, Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, VinAzur - Vins de provence, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit American Cemetery & Memorial and Pointe du Hoc for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Memorial of Caen. Change things up with a short trip to Mont Saint-Michel in Mont-Saint-Michel (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, look for gifts at H2O Parapluies, and admire the striking features of Notre Dame Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip generator.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Nice to Bayeux in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in March, things will get slightly colder in Bayeux: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Omaha Beach, Memorial de Caen, Mont Saint-Michel, Pointe du Hoc
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

4
nights
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Museum-lovers will get to explore Château du Clos Lucé and Chateau de Chenonceau. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Chambord and Chateau d'Amboise. Venture out of the city with trips to Château de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois) and Cheverny (Chateau de Troussay & Chateau de Cheverny). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Plou et Fils and look for gifts at La Balade Des Fromages.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amboise travel planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Amboise, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cheverny, Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Villandry, La Balade des Fromages, Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

4
nights
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Champagne Tarlant. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Champagne Thierry Rodez and Champagne Domi. Venture out of the city with trips to Champagne Georges Cartier (in Epernay), Champagne Pierre Legras (in Chouilly) and Champagne Louis Casters (in Damery). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Champagne Domi Moreau et Fils and stop by Champagne Barnaut.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Reims trip generator.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Reims takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Amboise in March, Reims is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Epernay, Champagne Pierre Legras, Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot, Champagne Thierry Rodez, Champagne Louis Casters
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Champagne Pierre Legras ©
Champagne Pierre Legras
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Champagne Domi Moreau ©
Champagne Domi Moreau

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Musée d'Orsay and Musée Rodin. Your inner history buff will appreciate Champs-Elysees and Dôme Sacre Coeur. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paris tour planner.

Getting from Reims to Paris by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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