21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Nice — 4 nights

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 Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI. Explore hidden gems such as Le Suquet and Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and stop by VinAzur - Vins de provence.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, expect nights in Nice to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are colder, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bayeux.
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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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.
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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 d'Amboise and Chateau de Chambord 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), Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). There's still lots to do: stop by La Balade des Fromages and do a tasting at Plou Et Fils.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amboise road trip website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Reims.
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Reims — 4 nights

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 Lelarge-Pugeot. Step off the beaten path and head to Champagne Georges Cartier 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.
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Paris — 3 nights

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 Champs-Elysees. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Reims to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (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.