10 days in France Itinerary

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Musee de l’Orangerie. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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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 slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

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Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, then take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

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Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in May: high temperatures in Avignon hover around 74°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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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 Old Town and La Croisette. Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Be Free 2 Dive in Villeneuve-Loubet, approximately Villeneuve-Loubet away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

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Drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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.