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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Montmartre. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups in Chatenay-Malabry, approximately Chatenay-Malabry away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Le Marais, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (64°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Bayeux trip planner.

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 May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) 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.
On the 9th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Avignon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Let the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's more to do: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice route website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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.