60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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60 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27​h
1
Paris
— 7 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rouen
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6​h
4
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Avignon
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Marseille
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hyeres
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Nice
— 11 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

7
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

6
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Musee des Pecheries (in Fecamp) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, get outside with Les Ailes d'Albatre, don't miss a visit to Galerie Jean Fontan, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rouen trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Etretat, Musee des Pecheries, Galerie Jean Fontan, Le Jardin Potager de Miromesnil, Les Ailes d'Albatre
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

7
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Hermanville War Cemetery (in Hermanville-sur-mer), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Maison Jehan Michel) and Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc (in Merville-Franceville-Plage). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, get your game on at Studio Ca me Chante !, and explore the striking landscape at Dune de Biville.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bayeux itinerary builder .

Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Colleville-sur-Mer, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Porte Horloge de Vire, Distillerie La Monnerie
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

4
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Room Escape Games). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in April; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse, Mount Perdu
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

5
nights
Avignon

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Golf club de Servanes (in Mouries). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Gorges de Veroncle, see the interesting displays at Atelier et Musee du Santon, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip planning app .

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Carrieres des Lumieres, La Petite Ferme, Golf club de Servanes
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma

6
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more), La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, & more) and Cassis (Place Baragnon, Savonnerie de Cassis, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and trek along Foret de Roustagnon.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat, Laser game Evolution, Montagne Sainte Victoire
Highlights from your plan
Montagne Sainte Victoire ©
Montagne Sainte Victoire
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©

7
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont) and Six-Fours-les-Plages (Ile du Grand Rouveau, Var Lamas, & more). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Sentier sous marin, stroll through Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, take in the waterfront activity at Port du Niel, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hyeres road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Six-Fours-les-Plages, La Londe Les Maures, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Valette-du-Var, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste
Highlights from your plan
Sentier sous marin ©
Sentier sous marin
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas ©
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas
Var Lamas ©
Var Lamas

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: La Ferme des Cairns (in Seillans), Sainte-Maxime (Kelys & Zipline) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron).

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael trip builder app .

You can drive from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Roquebrune-sur-Argens, Sainte-Maxime, Frejus, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, La Ferme des Cairns
Highlights from your plan
Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
La Ferme des Cairns ©
La Ferme des Cairns

11
nights
Nice

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins), Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Villa Eilenroc, & more) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Casino Barriere Le Croisette, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get your game on at SENSAS Nice, get great views at Mt Boron, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice online day trip planner .

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Parc des Rives du Loup, Chapelle Saint Hospice, VinAzur - Vins de provence
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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