10 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 2 nights
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Caen
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
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La Croix-Valmer
— 1 night
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Paris — 2 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Montmartre, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Caen.
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Caen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 3rd (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Hillman Site, take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Caen day trip planner.

Drive from Paris to Caen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in July, with highs in Caen at 72°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 1 night

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 5th (Sun), wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, examine the collection at Musee Granet, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

You can fly from Caen to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Caen in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Aix-en-Provence: highs are around 86°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Croix-Valmer.
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La Croix-Valmer — 1 night

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): do a tasting at Chateau Des Garcinieres, then stroll through Plage de Gigaro, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Heraclee Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Le Cap Lardier.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Croix-Valmer trip planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to La Croix-Valmer in 2 hours. July in La Croix-Valmer sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then kick back and relax at Paloma Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Hospice, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Mariniere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris and then take a stroll through Old Town.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from La Croix-Valmer to Nice in 2 hours. Traveling from La Croix-Valmer in July, expect nights in Nice to be somewhat warmer, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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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