20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Paris
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
2
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gordes
— 2 nights
4
Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Chamonix
— 3 nights
7
Lyon
— 3 nights
tram + Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Champs-Elysees and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Appreciate the collections at Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, and stroll the grounds of The Catacombs of Paris.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris journey planning app .

Seattle, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 5th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Primatiale de Saint Trophime.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Arles online visit planner .

Take a train from Paris to Arles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In July, Arles is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gordes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Les Baux de Provence, Site Archeologique de Glanum
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©

2
nights
Gordes

Gordes ©
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, then browse for treasures at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, and finally explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lourmarin, experience rural life at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, then view the masterpieces at Poterie Point Fusion, then explore the striking landscape at Colorado Provencal, and finally view the masterpieces at Tapiezo.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gordes route app .

You can drive from Arles to Gordes in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Gordes

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, Poterie Point Fusion, Colorado Provencal, Roman Theatre of Orange, Chateau de Lourmarin
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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres

3
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Visit La plage and Plage de Gigaro for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Escalet Beach and Plage de Pampelonne. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Domaine Sainte Marie & Plage de la Faviere). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle and stroll through Plage des Canebiers.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Gordes to Saint-Tropez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La plage
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Local History Museum. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville and enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip site .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint-Tropez in July: highs in Nice hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Lérins Islands, River Rafting & Tubing, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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Chamonix

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Visit Plage de la Brune and Plage d'Angon for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Aiguille du Midi. Go for a jaunt from Chamonix to Doussard to see Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brevent Cable Car, and hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix trip maker tool .

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Plage d'Angon, Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, Plage de la Brune
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Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car
Plage de la Brune ©
Plage de la Brune
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi

3
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Take a break from the city and head to Plan D'Eau de Bordelan and La Roche de Solutre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Fourviere Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Garden Golf de Mionnay (in Mionnay) and Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, explore the galleries of Fresque des Lyonnais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lyon trip site .

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Plan D'Eau de Bordelan, Garden Golf de Mionnay, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Cite medievale de Perouges, La Roche de Solutre
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

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