10 days in France Itinerary

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, visit Le Marais, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Paris is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Caen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:

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 30th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Hillman Site, pause for some photo ops at Pegasus Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Caen driving holiday site.

Drive from Paris to Caen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for slightly colder days in Caen, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

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 2nd (Thu), visit Cours Mirabeau, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally see the interesting displays at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip builder.

Getting from Caen to Aix-en-Provence by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In July, Aix-en-Provence is somewhat warmer than Caen - with highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Chateau Des Garcinieres, kick back and relax at Plage de Gigaro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Heraclee Beach, and finally stroll through Le Cap Lardier.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer route maker site.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to La Croix-Valmer takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in La Croix-Valmer are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Mariniere, then contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then kick back and relax at Castel Plage. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Vieille Ville and then browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice vacation planner.

You can drive from La Croix-Valmer to Nice in 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from La Croix-Valmer in July: highs in Nice hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 71°F. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.