21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly to Nantes, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 4 nights
Drive
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Reims
— 4 nights
Train
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Paris
— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Explore hidden gems such as Le Suquet and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI (in Biot) and Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, look for gifts at VinAzur - Vins de provence, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nice day trip planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in March: highs in Nice hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Memorial de Caen and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Step off the beaten path and head to Pointe du Hoc and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Mont Saint-Michel in Mont-Saint-Michel--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, and look for gifts at H2O Parapluies.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Nice to Bayeux takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in March: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 13°C and lows are around 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 · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

Amboise

— 4 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Museum-lovers will get to explore Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Chateau de Chenonceau. Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Villandry are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Cheverny (Chateau de Troussay & Chateau de Cheverny) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, stop by La Balade des Fromages, and learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Amboise trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amboise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

Reims

— 4 nights

City of Kings

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 Georges Cartier. Step off the beaten path and head to Champagne DOMI and Champagne Thierry Rodez. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reims: Champagne Louis Casters (in Damery), Champagne Barnaut (in Bouzy) and Champagne Pierre Legras (in Chouilly). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Champagne Domi Moreau.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Reims route builder.

You can drive from Amboise to Reims in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Amboise in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Reims, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

Paris

— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Reims to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

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Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:

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.