20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  8​h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Le Havre
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
train:  4​h
5
Le Mans
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Amboise
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Annecy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Lyon
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Jerusalem

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Parc de la Villette, Canal Saint-Martin, Fondation Louis Vuitton, and other attractions you added. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Musee de l'Orangerie. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Champs-Elysees and Seine River. It doesn't end there: head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker website .

Jerusalem, Israel to Paris is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Paris is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jerusalem in May, expect nights in Paris to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are much colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Le Havre.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Museums Nature
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees
Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle

2
nights
Le Havre

Le Havre ©
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Deauville Beach and then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Naturospace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, take in the views from Pont de Normandie, then explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Joseph.

To find out how to plan a trip to Le Havre, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Paris to Le Havre by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for slightly colder days in Le Havre, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Le Havre

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Honfleur, Falaises d'Etretat, Deauville Beach
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Deauville Beach ©
Deauville Beach
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church ©
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 21st (Thu), stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, and then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux day trip planning tool .

Getting from Le Havre to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Memorial de Caen, Omaha Beach
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre, don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue, make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Aubert, steep yourself in history at Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, examine the collection at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at L'Ecume des Falaises, then take in nature's colorful creations at Musee Christian Dior, and finally get great views at Pointe D'Agon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker site .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Le Mans.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chateau de Fougeres, Pointe D'Agon, Musee Christian Dior, L'Ecume des Falaises
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Pointe D'Agon ©
Pointe D'Agon
Musee Christian Dior ©
Musee Christian Dior

1
night
Le Mans

Le Mans ©
Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): bet on your favorite at Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans, examine the collection at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Le Mans trip planner .

You can take a train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Le Mans in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Le Mans are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Le Mans

Historic Sites Museums
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24 Hours of Le Mans Museum ©
24 Hours of Le Mans Museum
Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans ©

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, do a tasting at Troglo Degusto, and then do a tasting at Plou Et Fils. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Closerie de Chanteloup.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amboise trip planner .

You can drive from Le Mans to Amboise in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Orleans.

Things to do in Amboise

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Chenonceau, Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, Troglo Degusto
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Troglo Degusto ©
Troglo Degusto
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

2
nights
Orleans

Orleans ©
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. On the 28th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, make a trip to Place du Martroi, then look for gifts at L'Atelier des Chimeres, and finally explore the historical opulence of Château de Sully-sur-Loire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Domaine national de Chambord, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Aignan, then walk around Parc Floral Orleans, and finally contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Orleans road trip planning tool .

Getting from Amboise to Orleans by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In May in Orleans, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Domaine National de Chambord, Château de Sully-sur-Loire
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Orléans Cathedral ©
Orléans Cathedral
Château de Sully-sur-Loire ©
Château de Sully-sur-Loire
Hotel Groslot ©
Hotel Groslot

1
night
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 30th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lac d'Annecy, then look for gifts at Sibeery, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Musee Chateau, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, then examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, and finally make a trip to Pont des Amours.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Orleans to Annecy in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In May in Annecy, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Palais de l'Ile ©
Palais de l'Ile
Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Estades Lyon, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. On your second day here, wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Secrets d'Apiculteur.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Lyon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cite medievale de Perouges
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

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