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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, make a trip to Louvre Museum, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in Paris hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow 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.
On the 18th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then head outdoors with Omaha Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bayeux tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, then steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Avignon vacation tool.

You can fly from Bayeux to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, Avignon is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Get some cultural insight at La Croisette and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Step out of Nice to go to Villeneuve-Loubet and see Be Free 2 Dive, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice itinerary app.

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) 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.