10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
1
Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cassis
— 2 nights
Train
3
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
5
Paris
— 3 nights
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Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Easy Dive and then steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cannes trip website.

Detroit, USA to Cannes is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Cannes, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cassis

— 2 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. On the 26th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques and then get a dose of the wild on Trolib. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, identify plant and animal life at La Calanque de Figuerolles, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Decouverte du Vivant, and finally trek along Sentier Littoral.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cassis travel route planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Cassis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 28th (Tue): do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Cassis to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne holiday planner.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Paris

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carcassonne in September: highs in Paris hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.