10 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 3 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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, and visit Montmartre.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in August, with highs in Paris at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Le Lavandou.
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Le Lavandou — 3 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Step out of the city life by going to Dune La Londe and Plage de Cavaliere. Visit Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage d'Aiguebelle for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Le Lavandou side-trips: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Heraclee Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Grande Plage du Lavandou and stroll through Plage de la Faviere.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Le Lavandou road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Le Lavandou takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Le Lavandou to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and La Croisette. Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Eglise St Pierre & Paul. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Le Suquet (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Le Lavandou to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Nice, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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.