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Nice — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, wander the streets of Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and finally admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Winnipeg, Canada to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. In September, Nice is a bit warmer than Winnipeg - with highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Avignon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, Avignon is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.
Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Sainte-Mere-Eglise to see Airborne Museum about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and kick back and relax at Omaha Beach.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner.

You can fly from Avignon to Bayeux in 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 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee Nissim de Camondo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Latin Quarter and Hotel de Ville. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and explore the world behind art at Petit Palais.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Paris are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough 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.

Normandy travel guide

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.