15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Caen
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Le Pradet
— 3 nights
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Paris — 3 nights

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 some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Le Marais. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles) and Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planning website.

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. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Paris, with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Caen.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:

Caen — 3 nights

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Abbaye aux Hommes. Visiting Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal and les etangs du val de See will get you outdoors. Explore Caen's surroundings by going to Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville) and L'Atelier Gourmet (in Granville). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Etienne, see the interesting displays at Normandy Guided Tours, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Caen trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Paris to Caen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Nice.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Nice — 4 nights

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille Ville and Avenue Jean Medecin. Visit La Croisette and Palais Lascaris for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Parc des Rives du Loup (in La Colle sur Loup), Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague (in Valbonne) and Musee de L'ecole (in Antibes). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Caen to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Caen in January: high temperatures in Nice hover around 56°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Le Pradet.
Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Le Pradet — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for gifts at Le Moulin de l'Esquirol, stroll through La Route du Sel, kick back and relax at Plage des Bonnettes, then get outside with Plage du Pin de Galle, then shop like a local with Inna Khimich Art Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Almanarre, explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Oursinieres, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Raymond-Nonnat.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Le Pradet itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Le Pradet takes 2 hours. In February in Le Pradet, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.