10 days in France

10 days in France

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Nice
— 2 nights
Train to Paris Gare De Lyon, Train to Versailles
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Versailles
— 1 night
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Nice — 2 nights

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. Located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, "Nice la Belle" is the second biggest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region after Marseille. If you're a history buff, be sure to include Terra Amata on your itinerary; this Niçois archaeological site displays evidence of early human's very early use of fire--proving the long-standing historical context of the city. If you enjoy sightseeing and don't want to miss anything by driving a car, Velo Bleu provides affordable bicycle rentals where you can pick up bikes from any station and return them to any other station. Vieux Nice, or old town, is a maze of streets and alleyways with many picturesque houses, boutiques, and a daily flower and fruit market called Cours Saleya.
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Versailles — 1 night

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Palace of Versailles has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, examine the collection at Fondation Claude Monet, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles and then don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Versailles day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Versailles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in October, with highs in Versailles at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paris.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee Rodin, Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, take in the views from Pont Alexandre III, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Paris takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Paris sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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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