10 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Giverny
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Paris — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and visit Le Marais.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris vacation site.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Giverny.
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Giverny — 1 night

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle and then explore the galleries of Fondation Claude Monet.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Giverny trip planner.

Drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Giverny are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux attractions planner.

You can drive from Giverny to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To see photos and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip planning site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nice.
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Nice — 2 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.
On the 11th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and finally examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and then wander the streets of Old Town.

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Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, with highs in Nice at 69°F and lows at 57°F. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon 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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