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.
Attractions like Old Town and Spas make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Parc des Rives du Loup (in La Colle sur Loup), Sublim Sky (in Frejus) and Pitchoun Forest (in Villeneuve-Loubet). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Marineland, do a tasting at Vignoble Rasse, have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice, and tee off at Golf de Roquebrune Resort.

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Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Nice. In February, Nice is a bit warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vars.
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Vars — 3 nights

Bring the kids along to Station de Ski Reallon and Ski Orcieres Merlette. Get out of town with these interesting Vars side-trips: Distillerie Lachanenche (in Meolans Revel), Lac de Saint-Apollinaire (in Saint Apollinaire) and Winter Parc (in Orcieres).

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You can drive from Nice to Vars in 4 hours. In February, Vars is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 45°F and lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) 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 27th (Thu), wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet, and then learn about winemaking at Chateau Du Donjon. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul.

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You can drive from Vars to Carcassonne in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Vars in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Carcassonne: highs are around 52°F and lows about 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can 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.
Kids will enjoy Montmartre and Louvre Museum. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, approximately Marne-la-Vallee away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

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Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Paris, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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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