21 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Honfleur
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
7
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Nice — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice journey maker website.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, with highs in Nice at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 2 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone, head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio trip site.

Fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Bonifacio, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des Douaniers, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec online travel planner.

Fly from Bonifacio to Perros-Guirec in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in May, expect nights in Perros-Guirec to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Airborne Museum and Remains Mulberry Harbour. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, approximately Sainte-Marie-du-Mont away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 2 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 11th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, then don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, then walk around Jardins d'Etretat, and then steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Honfleur trip maker.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning app.

Getting from Honfleur to Paris by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Beynac and Vieux Sarlat. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Rocamadour (Cite Religieuse & La Foret des Singes) and Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet (in Cales). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Font de Gaume, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel 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.
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