21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Paris
— 3 nights
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Lille
— 2 nights
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Dunkirk
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Cannes
— 2 nights
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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.
Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of Natural History and Paris Military School. Get a sense of the local culture at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice and Chateau of Vincennes. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (Académie Équestre de Versailles & Le Petit Trianon).

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris online tour itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Paris, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Lille

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Bataille de Fromelles, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, and then stroll the grounds of VC Corner Australian Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Padel Attitude and then admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lille journey maker website.

You can take a train from Paris to Lille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Lille, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Dunkirk

— 1 night
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by Brasserie Thiriez.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Dunkirk trip planner.

You can drive from Lille to Dunkirk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Dunkirk sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Dunkirk

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 8th (Mon), witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach and then brush up on your military savvy at Musee D-Day Omaha.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dunkirk to Bayeux takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. August in Bayeux sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Lyon

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
On the 9th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc, then see the interesting displays at Musee Henri Malartre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Blandine, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges. On the next day, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the engaging exhibits at OL Le Musee, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Lyon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in August, things will get a bit warmer in Lyon: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Popular historic sites such as Le Refuge de Patiras and Prieure de Cayac are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron and Chateau Soutard. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau Larose Trintaudon (in Saint-Laurent-Medoc) and Saint-Emilion (Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion & Maison Galhaud). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Port de la Lune, make a trip to Fontaine des Trois Graces, stroll through Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and do a tasting at L.O Wine.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries · Historic Sites · Classes · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Toulouse

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Jardin Raymond VI, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nicolas Church, and then hike along Nature Occitane.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Toulouse online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Toulouse sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 17th (Wed), hike along Sentier Pedestre de l’Huveaune, then kick back and relax at Plage du Prophete, then explore the ancient world of Jardin des Vestiges, and finally stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Toulouse to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get a sense of the local culture at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs. Escape the urban bustle at Video Top Jump and Easy Dive. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Biot, soak in style at C-SPA, and make a trip to Le Monastere Fortifie.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cannes online vacation planner.

Drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cannes are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

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.