15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Croix-Valmer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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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.
Do your shopping at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, then get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Hillman Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux holiday planner.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in June: highs in Bayeux hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 18th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, then learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in June; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 79°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Lumiere.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence attractions planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Croix-Valmer.
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La Croix-Valmer — 2 nights

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Cavaliere, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Plage de Vergeron, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Heraclee Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer trip planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to La Croix-Valmer in 2 hours. In June in La Croix-Valmer, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow 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.
Visiting Castel Plage and Plage de la Mariniere will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to La Madone d'Utelle in Utelle, about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, kick back and relax at Paloma Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and stroll through Coco Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip website.

Traveling by car from La Croix-Valmer to Nice takes 2 hours. When traveling from La Croix-Valmer in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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