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.
Get some cultural insight at Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie in Cannes, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: visit Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

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Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Nice due to the time zone difference. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): wander the streets of La Petite France, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

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Traveling by flight from Nice to Strasbourg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in January: high temperatures in Strasbourg hover around 42°F and lows are around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · 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 a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

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Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time 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.