10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 2 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 Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Honfleur.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Honfleur — 1 night

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Vieux Bassin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, and finally stroll through Deauville Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Honfleur planner.

You can drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 1 night

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 24th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, steep yourself in history at Fort National, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo road trip planning tool.

Drive from Honfleur to Saint-Malo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Malo to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Palais Lascaris and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Nice trip planning tool.

Fly from Carcassonne to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Carcassonne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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.