10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg
— 1 night
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Paris
— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Galerie1414 in Cannes--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nice holiday maker tool.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Strasbourg

— 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): wander the streets of La Petite France, then examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Nice to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in January, things will get little chillier in Strasbourg: highs are around 42°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris attractions planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.