7 days in Paris, Normandy & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de Montmartre, then wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History. Keep things going the next day: visit Le Marais, wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, then examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Marmottan Monet.

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Detroit, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 26th (Wed), witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, take an in-depth tour of Musee D-Day Omaha, and then take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux holiday builder.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Bayeux are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 1 night

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 27th (Thu), you're off to Nice.
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Nice — 2 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.
On the 27th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, then take a stroll through Old Town, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nice online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 52°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Normandy travel guide

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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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.