Three weeks in France gives you enough time to cover multiple regions and see the main highlights—Paris, Lyon, Marseille, and Nice—and experience the lesser-known towns of Honfleur and Tours. Eat and drink your way through Bordeaux and Cognac on a west coast-focused tour or opt for a classic road trip to see the medieval castles, sleepy villages, and plentiful villages in the Loire Valley and the Dordogne. Or, from Paris train to Lyon and visit Annecy and Chamonix, and then the French Riviera for 10 days.

Itinerary #1: Off-the-Beaten-Path France: History & Gastronomy

Gastronomy-forward travelers will feel right at home on this food and drink-centered itinerary in France. Spend four nights in historic Paris, sampling the culinary pleasures of the capital, then head to lesser-frequented destinations such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Beaujolais to sample the local vintages. Explore Roman history in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and revel in a gourmet food tour in Nice.

Lavender fields near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Lavender fields near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris Paris
Day 2 Pastry & Chocolate Tour in the Marais, Afternoon at the Louvre Paris
Day 3 Sacré-Coeur & Montmartre Tour, Shopping in Paris Paris
Day 4 Optional Activities, Paris Dinner Cruise Paris
Day 5 Train to Lyon, Self-Guided City Tour of Lyon Lyon
Day 6 Wine Tasting in Beaujolais, Local Bouchon Lyonnais Dinner Lyon
Day 7 Train to Avignon, Drive to Châteauneuf-du-Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Day 8 Wine Tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Day 9 Drive to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence via Les Alpilles Natural Park Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Day 10 Les Alpilles Natural Park, Olive Oil Tasting & Carrière de Lumières Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Day 11 Excursion to Arles, Explore Roman History Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Day 12 Drive to Marseille, Self-Guided Tour of Marseille Marseille 
Day 13 Half-Day Gourmet & Walking Tour, Soap Atelier  Marseille
Day 14 Drive to Nice via Saint-Tropez & Cannes Nice
Day 15 Nice Self-Guided Walking Tour Nice
Day 16 Gourmet Foodie Tour, Optional Activities Nice
Day 17 Drive to Toulouse, Discover Toulouse Toulouse
Day 18 Drive to Bordeaux, Gourmet Dinner in Bordeaux Bordeaux
Day 19 Wine Tasting in Saint-Émilion Bordeaux
Day 20 Optional Activities in Bordeaux Bordeaux
Day 21 Transfer to Paris Montparnasse Station, Depart Paris  

Arrive in the capital city of Paris for four nights. You'll see the classics, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, enjoy the café culture in the Le Marais neighborhood, and sail along the Seine on a romantic dinner cruise. A two-hour train ride takes you to Lyon, where you'll explore the Old Town and the Fourviere Basilica. Taste the valley's best red wines in Beaujolais, then board another train into the heart of Provence. Go wine-tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, sample sweet treats at Chocolaterie Castelain, and make your way to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to experience the region's olive oil production.

Learn about Roman history in Arles, then take in the views from the Notre-Dame de la Garde and embark on a half-day culinary tour in Marseille. Drive to the renowned region of Saint-Tropez on Day 14 to enjoy the beaches of Plage de la Bouillabaisse and Pampelonne. Spend an afternoon in Cannes, then head to Nice for a gourmet food tour among local open-air markets. A six-hour journey takes you to Toulouse, where you'll spend one night before concluding your trip in Bordeaux. Indulge in more wine-tasting in Saint-Émilion and savor the delights of the Capucin Farmer's Market before departing France. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Explore France's Western Route

This three-week adventure in Western France is perfect for visitors looking to explore more of the country's hidden gems, as well as some of the classic highlights. Hit the major sights in Paris, then take off north on a route toward Rouen, Honfleur, and Bayeux. See the famous Mont-Saint-Michel, explore the many châteaux in Tours, and enjoy wine, cognac, and oysters in Cognac and Bordeaux.

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris, Climb the Eiffel Tower Paris
Day 2 Visit the Louvre, Paris City Tour Paris
Day 3 Château de Versailles Tour Paris
Day 4 Explore Montmartre & the Paris Catacombs Paris
Day 5 Drive to Rouen via Giverny Rouen
Day 6 Walking Tour of Rouen, Drive to Honfleur Honfleur
Day 7 Discover the Pays d'Auge Honfleur
Day 8 Drive to Bayeux, City Tour & Bayeux Tapestry Bayeux
Day 9 Visit the D-Day Landing Beaches Bayeux
Day 10 Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel Bayeux
Day 11 Drive to Saint-Malo Saint-Malo
Day 12 Crêpe Workshop, Cruise the Chausey Archipelago Saint-Malo
Day 13 Drive to Tours, City Walking Tour Tours
Day 14 Visit the Château de Chambord & Château de Chenonceau Tours
Day 15 Visit Château du Clos Lucé & Château d'Amboise Tours
Day 16 Drive to Cognac Cognac
Day 17 Visit the Vineyards of Cognac Cognac
Day 18 Transfer to Bordeaux, Afternoon Gastronomy Tour Bordeaux
Day 19 Morning Market Tour, Discover Bordeaux by Bike Bordeaux
Day 20 Day Trip to Arcachon & Saint-Émilion Bordeaux
Day 21 Depart Bordeaux  

In Paris, climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, see the Notre-Dame and take a guided tour of the nearby Palace of Versailles. Journey to Rouen, stopping in the charming village of Giverny on the way to see where the famed Claude Monet lived. Continue to the harbor city of Honfleur for two nights. See the world-renowned Museum of the Tapestry and the Bayeux Cathedral in Bayeux, then embark on a full-day trip to the D-Day landing beaches. Another day trip allows you to discover the breathtaking Mont-Saint-Michel before you travel along a section of the Brittany coast.

Join a crêpe-making class in Saint-Malo and cruise along the Les îles Chausey archipelago in the afternoon. Head to Tours to explore the region's many historic châteaux, including Château de Chenonceau and Château d'Amboise. Drive two hours to Cognac to sample the double-distilled spirit that shares the same name as its birthplace. Explore Bordeaux on a gastronomy tour with an oenophile guide, sampling local sweet and savory treats. Tour the city at your own pace on a 6-mile (10 km) bicycle ride. Take a trip to the seaside town of Arcachon before bidding adieu to France. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: France Scenic Self-Drive Getaway: Castles, Forts & Vineyards

This scenic self-drive is perfect for travelers looking to explore France at their own pace as it takes you on a storybook adventure through the castles and châteaux in the Loire Valley, the medieval villages in the Dordogne, and the Vin de pays in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Burgundy.

Cité médiévale de Carcassonne
Cité médiévale de Carcassonne
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris, Drive to Rouen & Visit the Joan of Arc Museum Rouen
Day 2 Drive to Bayeux, Guided Walking Tour of Old Bayeux Bayeux
Day 3 Day Trip to Juno Beach & Canadian Sector Guided Tour Bayeux
Day 4 Drive to Saint-Malo via Mont Saint-Michel Saint-Malo
Day 5 Explore the Emerald Coast, Saint-Malo & Cancale Walking Tours Saint-Malo
Day 6 Drive to Amboise via Château de Villandry Amboise
Day 7 Bike Tour of Amboise & Visit to Vouvray Amboise
Day 8 Châteaux de Chambord & Chenonceau Amboise
Day 9 Visit Château Royal d'Amboise Amboise
Day 10 Drive to Sarlat-la-Canéda, Explore Sarlat Sarlat-la-Canéda
Day 11 Day Excursion in the Dordogne Valley Sarlat-la-Canéda
Day 12 Private Half-Day Tour to Rocamadour Sarlat-la-Canéda
Day 13 Drive to Carcassonne, Self-Guided Visit Carcassonne
Day 14 Day Excursion to Toulouse Carcassonne
Day 15 Drive to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Day 16 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting Tour Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Day 17 Drive to Lyon, Self-Guided City Tour Lyon
Day 18 Food Tour in Lyon Old Town, Optional Activities Lyon
Day 19 Drive to Beaune, Côtes de Nuit Wine Tour Beaune
Day 20 Wine Tasting in Burgundy, Drive to Paris Paris
Day 21 Depart Paris  

Land in Paris and immediately collect your rental car to drive two hours to Rouen. Visit the Historial Jeanne d'Arc ("Joan of Arc Museum") and the Cathedral, then continue along the coast of Normandy, stopping at Bayeux for two nights. See the famous Bayeaux Tapestry and take a day trip to Juno Beach and the Canadian Cemetery to learn about the D-Day landings. Travel to Saint-Malo, detouring via Mont Saint-Michel, to see the Museum of Ethnography and the Grand Tower. From here, explore the aptly named Emerald Coast before visiting the picturesque town of Amboise.

A self-guided bike tour takes you through the stunning countryside in the Loire Valley, while a private group tour will transport you to Château de Chambord and Château d'Amboise. Spend a few days in the medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, the perfect place for embarking on day trips to the Dordogne Valley and Rocamadour. The fortified city of Carcassonne feels like a scene from a fairy tale, whereas the city of Toulouse combines modern restaurants with ancient architecture. Enjoy wine tours in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Beaune, and Burgundy before driving back to Paris for your onward flight. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Ultimate French Road Trip: Paris to the French Riviera

This French road trip itinerary takes you on a culinary and cultural journey from Paris to the French Riviera, covering multiple regions, by train, car, bike, hot air balloon, and foot. Indulge in cheese, wine, and chocolate in the capital, then take 18 days to explore the cuisine in Lyon, the markets and villages in Saint-Rémy, and the unparalleled beaches and scenery in Nice.

The promenades of Nice on a French Riviera road trip
The promenades of Nice on a French Riviera road trip
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris, Cheese & Wine Tasting, Seine River Cruise Paris
Day 2 Montmartre & Sacré Coeur, Pastry & Chocolate Tour Paris
Day 3 Hidden Paris Bicycle Tour, Free Afternoon in the Marais Paris
Day 4 Train to Annecy Annecy
Day 5 Cycle Lac d'Annecy, Cheese Fondue at La Ferme de la Charbonniere Annecy
Day 6 Drive to Chamonix, Montenvers Train to Mer de Glace Chamonix
Day 7 Aiguille de Midi Alpine Cable Car, Rafting in Chamonix Valley Chamonix
Day 8 Relax at QC Thermes Chamonix Mont Blanc Chamonix
Day 9 Drive to Lyon Lyon
Day 10 Cultural & Culinary Walking Tour, Hot Air Balloon over Beaujolais Lyon
Day 11 Lyon Food Tour, Drive to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Saint-Rémy
Day 12 Explore the Alpilles by E-Bike, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour Saint-Rémy
Day 13 Luberon Markets & Villages Saint-Rémy
Day 14 Drive to Marseille, Cruise in the Calanques Marseille
Day 15 Drive to Le Lavandou Le Lavandou
Day 16 Day Cruise to Port-Cros & Île de Porquerolles Le Lavandou
Day 17 Drive to Nice via Saint-Tropez Nice
Day 18 Day Trip to Monaco & Eze Nice
Day 19 Market Tour & Cooking Class, Cannes, Antibes & Saint-Paul-de-Vence Nice
Day 20 Boat Ride to Île Sainte-Marguerite, Cap Dramont & Île d'Or Nice
Day 21 Depart Nice  

Bonjour, Paris! In the French capital, cruise along the Seine River, stroll through romantic Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and sample the delights at the many bakeries and chocolate shops. Board the five-hour train to Annecy and explore its quaint Vieille Ville (Old Town). Appease your appetite with cheese fondue at La Ferme de la Charbonniere, then head to Chamonix to explore the dramatic landscapes of the French Alps. A scenic train takes you to the northern slopes of Mont Blanc. Alternatively, the Aiguille du Midi cable brings you to an altitude of 12,604 feet (3,842 m) for striking vistas.

After a picturesque hot-air balloon ride in the Beaujolais province, drive to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to see the Triumphal Arch and the Jules Mausoleum at the Glanum archaeological site. Hire an e-bike and take to the winding roads of Alpilles, then venture on a tour of the best vineyards in the Rhône Valley. Tour the Luberon region before heading south to Marseille to enjoy some of the best beaches in France. Day 16 takes you on a full-day cruise around the islands of Port-Cros and Porquerolles. Visit the medieval village of Eze on your way to Monaco before saying bon voyage from Nice. Learn more

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Map of 3 Weeks in France - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 3 Weeks in France - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas