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Cannes — 1 night

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau and then stop by Old Town. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of La Croisette, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cannes trip itinerary planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Cannes is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, Cannes is a bit cooler at night with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.
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Bormes-Les-Mimosas — 3 nights

Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. Relax by the water at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Gigaro. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de Jean Blanc and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Heraclee Beach in La Croix-Valmer (about 44 minutes away). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle and do a tasting at Domaine Sainte Marie.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bormes-Les-Mimosas trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Bormes-Les-Mimosas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Bormes-Les-Mimosas are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aix-en-Provence.
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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 8th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence day trip site.

You can drive from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, and finally take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bayeux road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Aix-en-Provence to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In August, Bayeux is slightly colder than Aix-en-Provence - with highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.