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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Rue d'Antibes. Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes), Ville medieval (in Vence) and Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Èze, and get interesting insight from Easy Dive.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice vacation planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: highs in Nice hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Calanque de Maubois and Plage du Chateau. Step out of the city life by going to TakSea and Jets'Cool. Take a break from Saint-Raphael with a short trip to La Pointe de l'Aiguille in Theoule sur Mer, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), tour the pleasant surroundings at Abel Baliff Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Antheor.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael online attractions planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez — 4 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get in touch with nature at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Cavaliere. Visit Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage de Gigaro for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Tropez: Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Jet 007). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Heraclee Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Vergeron, do a tasting at Domaine Tropez, and whizz through the canopy at Grimaud aventure.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saint-Tropez journey planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, then do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Avignon route maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Normandy American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Sainte-Mere-Eglise to see Airborne Museum about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the history at Omaha Beach, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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Traveling by flight from Avignon to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Bayeux is little chillier than Avignon - with highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Montmartre, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.