10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Train to Pasquier - Anjou, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice
— 1 night
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive to Carcassonne Airport, Fly to Yeager Airport

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Paris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally take a stroll through Île de la Cité. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, visit Montmartre, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Charleston, USA to Paris is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Charleston in October: highs in Paris hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 7th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Strasbourg

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then take a stroll through La Petite France, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg online route planner.

Traveling by train from Bayeux to Strasbourg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Nice

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.
On the 9th (Wed), examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Strasbourg in October; daily highs in Nice reach 70°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites

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Aix-en-Provence

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and then examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence travel route tool.

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites

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Carcassonne Center

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and then steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne Center takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.2
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

Carcassonne travel guide

3.9
Castles · Churches · Historic Sites
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.

For an interesting and fun ride, board a barge that moves along the historic Canal du Midi, leaving from just outside the main train station. Operators provide English commentary on the history of the canal and various sites in the Aude department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region along the way. When you get hungry, a culinary must for you to try is cassoulet, a local dish made from beans, sausage, and duck.