12 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 2 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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler 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 6th (Tue) so you can drive 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.
On the 7th (Wed), examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally go for a walk through Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach.

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You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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 9th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

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You can fly from Bayeux to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In August, Aix-en-Provence is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) 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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Jean Blanc. Step out of the city life by going to Heraclee Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Bormes-Les-Mimosas with an excursion to Plage de Gigaro in La Croix-Valmer--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle and see the interesting displays at Confiserie Azureenne.

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Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): wander the streets of La Croisette, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then see the interesting displays at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Keep things going the next day: visit Old Town and then contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

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You can drive from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Cannes in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) 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.