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.
Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor some retail therapy. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris day trip planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington in April: highs in Paris hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can 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 10th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux holiday planning tool.

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, daytime highs in Bayeux are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (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. On the 11th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques and then get a dose of the wild on Trolib.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cassis visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Cassis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Cassis is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) 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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Palais Lascaris. Get a sense of the local culture at La Croisette and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Le Suquet (in Cannes). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nice route maker site.

Traveling by car from Cassis to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.