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.
For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or Champs-Elysees. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris holiday planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in April: highs in Paris hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then head outdoors with Omaha Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Bayeux travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Cassis.
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Cassis — 1 night

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques and then take a spin around town with Trolib.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cassis driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Bayeux to Cassis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in April; daily highs in Cassis reach 67°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Le Suquet. Get some historical perspective at La Croisette and Chapelle Saint Hospice. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Easy Dive in Juan-les-Pins, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip app.

You can drive from Cassis to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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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.