60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour planner

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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Strasbourg
— 6 nights
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Lille
— 5 nights
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Paris
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Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, gain some tasty knowledge on La Compagnie des Terroirs, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip planning app.

Paris to Bayeux is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Rochelle (Aquarium La Rochelle, Towers of La Rochelle, &more), Clocher Observatoire (in Saint Martin de Re) and Awelys Spa Privatif (in Rennes). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, look for gifts at Epicure Vous Salue, steep yourself in history at Rochefort-en-terre, and shop like a local with Passage Pommeraye.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nantes road trip website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Nantes, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Biarritz (La Cote des Basques, Rocher de la Vierge, &more), Lascaux II (in Montignac) and Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Place de la Bourse, do a tasting at Chateau Beaurang, take an in-depth tour of Basque Museum (Musee Basque), and admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Venture out of the city with trips to S Room Agency (in Montauban), Cave de Labastide (in Labastide-de-Levis) and Albi (Le Quartier Du Castelviel & Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile). Next up on the itinerary: soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beille & Chioula, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and make a trip to Le Capitole.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Toulouse online tour builder.

Drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 4 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Bastide de Mirepoix (in Mirepoix) and Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Castillet). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), La Miellerie des Garrigues (in Saint-Remeze) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, view the masterpieces at Anne Virlange Art Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon route planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Avignon, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marseille

— 5 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Spas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, and stroll through Parc National des Calanques.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille vacation planning website.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 Nice's surroundings by going to Grasse (Le Musee du Parfum & Musee International de la Parfumerie), Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Nice day trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon route website.

Fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in January; daily highs in Lyon reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Strasbourg

— 6 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town), Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim) and Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy & Place Stanislas). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville, and step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg travel route site.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lille.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lille

— 5 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lille: Arras (Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Heroes Square, &more), Samaris (in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme) and Necropole Nationale de la Targette (in Neuville-Saint-Vaast). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, shop like a local with Vieux-Lille, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Christophe, and get engrossed in the history at Centre Historique Mnier.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Lille trip planning tool.

Getting from Strasbourg to Lille by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris travel route site.

Take a train from Lille to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.