15 days in France Itinerary

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Le Pradet
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Drive to Marseille Provence Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC


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 some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt) and The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and visit Place de la Bastille.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip website.

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 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) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Caen — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

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 Eglise Saint Etienne. Visiting Plage Saint-Martin-de-Brehal and Pointe D'Agon will get you outdoors. Explore Caen's surroundings by going to L'Atelier Gourmet (in Granville) and les etangs du val de See (in Saint-Georges-de-Livoye). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Hommes, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, view the masterpieces at Frac Normandie, and see the interesting displays at Les Salles du Rempart.

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 · Outdoors
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Nice — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Avenue Jean Medecin. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: 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). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Nice journey maker website.

Getting from Caen to Nice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Le Pradet.
Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Le Pradet — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for gifts at Le Moulin de l'Esquirol, look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, kick back and relax at Plage des Bonnettes, stroll through Plage du Pin de Galle, then take in the exciting artwork at Inna Khimich Art Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Almanarre, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, then examine the collection at Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Oursinieres, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Raymond-Nonnat.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Le Pradet trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Le Pradet takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in February, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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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.