15 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Vars
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Old Town and Marineland. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Pitchoun Forest (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Colgan's Brewery (in Mouans-Sartoux) and Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice, tee off at Golf d'Opio Valbonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Nice due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in February: high temperatures in Nice hover around 55°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vars.
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Vars — 3 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Station de Ski Reallon and YaPluKa. Change things up with these side-trips from Vars: Orcieres (Ski Orcieres Merlette & Winter Parc), Esf Chabanon (in Selonnet) and Serre-Poncon Aventure (in Chorges).

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vars travel planner.

You can drive from Nice to Vars in 4 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nice in February: high temperatures in Vars hover around 45°F and lows are around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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 4th (Wed), take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally fly down the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Chateau Du Donjon, do a tasting at Chateau Canet, then learn about winemaking at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Guery.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne holiday site.

Traveling by car from Vars to Carcassonne takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Vars in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris — 5 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.
Attractions like Montmartre and Eiffel Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne in March: highs in Paris hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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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