60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Drive to Folkestone, Train to Calais-Fréthun, Drive to Lille
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Lille
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Strasbourg
— 6 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Nantes
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
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Lille

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais), Arras (Grand Place, Heroes Square, &more) and Musée du Louvre-Lens (in Lens). On the 12th (Sat), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, admire the landmark architecture of Old Stock Exchange, make a trip to Grande Place, and examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut.

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Leeds, UK to Lille is an approximately 5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Leeds to Lille, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Parks · Beaches · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La Galerie des Batailles). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Lille to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town), Eglise Sainte-Foy (in Selestat) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, and learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Tours

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 Lyon's surroundings by going to Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more), Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Chambéry Cathedral (in Chambery). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

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You can fly from Strasbourg to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Lérins Islands, Galerie1414, &more), Antibes (Marché provençal & Musee Picasso) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's much more to do: visit Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice day trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Nice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in December, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Montpellier (Le Pavillon Populaire, Cathedrale St-Pierre, &more), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). Dedicate the 9th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, look for gifts at La Miellerie des Garrigues, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Ventoux, and admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon travel planner.

Getting from Nice to Avignon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in January, things will get a bit cooler in Avignon: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo), Parc du Mugel (in La Ciotat) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stroll around Le Palais de Justice, take a stroll through The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Perpignan (Spas, Castillet, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

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.
Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to S Room Agency (in Montauban), Cave de Labastide (in Labastide-de-Levis) and Albi (Pont Vieux & Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile). And it doesn't end there: slough off your stress at Le Riad du Bien etre, don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, look for gifts at Criollo Chocolatier - Magasin de Victor Hugo, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Toulouse trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Toulouse are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Biarritz (Cite de l'Ocean & Rocher de la Vierge), Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne (in Bayonne) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and see the interesting displays at La Cite du Vin.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux online journey planner.

Getting from Toulouse to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nantes

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, then take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye, then contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, and finally make a trip to Place Royale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take a stroll through Place Graslin, make a trip to Le lieu unique, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Ile de Versailles.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nantes day trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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 Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel) and Loho Le Local Shop (in Le Havre). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and sample the fine beverages at Le Manoir d'Apreval.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux vacation planning website.

Drive from Nantes to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Bayeux are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.