Long WeekendPick a city base and stay local. Paris is an obvious choice, with its frequent non-stop flights from the US, and gaggle of monuments, museums, and charming neighborhoods. It’s also within day-trip distance of attractions in nearby Versailles and the Loire.
One weekFly into Paris, and explore the capital for at least 3 or 4 days. Rent wheels and head north to the Normandy region for 2 nights, visiting the D-Day beaches and Mont St-Michel monument before rounding out the trip with an overnight stay in the Loire. Return home from Paris.
Two weeksAdding on to the above one week itinerary, catch the high-speed train (TGV) from Paris to Marseille. Devote several days to exploring the gems of the Provençal region, from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence. Continue west towards the Côte d’Azur to get some beach time in at spots like St-Tropez and Cannes. Fly home from Nice.
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