60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Nice
— 7 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cassis
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 7 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 7 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
Bus to Geneva, Fly to Sydney

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Nice

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Paddling in Antibes (in Antibes), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nice road trip website.

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Nice is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Chapelle Sainte-Anne (in Saint-Tropez), Plage le Magellan (in Theoule sur Mer) and Ramatuelle (Cap Taillat & Tahiti Plage). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, head outdoors with Sublim Sky, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Kelys, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cassis

— 5 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Change things up with these side-trips from Cassis: Hyeres (Vertical Horizon, Accro Aventures, &more), Sentier Littoral (in Bandol) and Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Trolib, get outside with Plage du Pellegrin, stop by Daskalides Chocolatier, and kick back and relax at Plage de L'Argentiere.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cassis tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Cassis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Tours in Provence - Day Tours, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Marseille (Parc National des Calanques, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and relax in the rural setting at La Petite Ferme.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Avignon online route planner.

Getting from Cassis to Avignon by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Avignon, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 6 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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Terre Liquide (in Mons) and Aeroclub de Beziers - Cap d'Agde (in Portiragnes). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, experience rural life at La Ferme des Lamas, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne vacation planning site.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 7 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Musee du Chai de Lardimalie (in Saint-Pierre-de-Chignac) and Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

Plan my day in Sarlat-la-Caneda using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Carcassonne in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Abbaye de Hambye and then get outside with Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mont-Saint-Michel using our trip planner.

Do a combination of flight, bus, train, and taxi from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Mont-Saint-Michel in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, snap pictures at Pont de Normandie, and kick back and relax at Deauville Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris

— 7 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour builder.

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 September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 6 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chamonix: Chevrerie Au Coeur de Montjoie (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains), Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Via Ferrata de la Curalla (in Plateau d'Assy). There's much more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Aiguilles Rouges, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix route builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.