59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Nice
— 11 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Amboise
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Paris
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Nice

— 11 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.
Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Musee Picasso, Musee de L'ecole, &more), Cannes (Galerie de Cannes, La Croisette, &more) and Eglise Notre-Dame de Peygros (in Tanneron). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Nice is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Taipei to Nice, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Taipei in April, with highs in Nice at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Fondation Vasarely, &more), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, get engrossed in the history at Chateau de la Clapiere, visit The Panier, and see the interesting displays at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Marseille road trip planning website.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lyon

— 6 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu & La Cave de l'Ange Gardien), Vins Daniel Boccard (in Boyeux-Saint-Jerome) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). There's still lots to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, examine the collection at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, and delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon online vacation planner.

Fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in May: highs in Lyon hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Avignon

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Les Baux de Provence (Cathedrale Des Images, Carrieres des Lumieres, &more), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and La Maison Carree (in Nimes). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Bertrand Bosc, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip tool.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lyon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 5 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege), Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Musee des Augustins, &more) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and contemplate the long history of Cathedrale St-Jean.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, you will find days in Carcassonne are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
On the 25th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee Murat, then examine the collection at Musee Zadkine, and then examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Amboise.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Amboise

— 5 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amboise: Domaine du Vieil Orme (in Saint-Julien-de-Chedon), Cheverny (Domaine Le Portail & Chateau de Cheverny) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). Spend the 29th (Sat) in the animal kingdom at ZooParc de Beauval. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, examine the collection at La Magnanerie, do a tasting at Domaine du Croc du Merle, and get to know the fascinating history of Escalier Denis Papin.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amboise travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Amboise in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May, expect nights in Amboise to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the local highlights with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours and then contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique de Notre Dame de Pontmain, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Samson.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel road trip app.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial de Caen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Cite de La Mare (in Cherbourg-Octeville). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery.

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You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rouen

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fondation Claude Monet and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: MuseoSeine (in Caudebec-en-Caux), Eglise Saint-Pierre d' Yvetot (in Yvetot) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, relax and rejuvenate at Samaris, and cast your line with Navigation Normande - Le Havre.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen road trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Rouen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 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 cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris visit planning website.

Getting from Rouen to Paris by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. June in Paris sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.