60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Carcassonne
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
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Biarritz
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Nice
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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: Versailles (The Water Parterres, La Galerie des Batailles, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris attractions planning site.

Tokyo, Japan to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in July, with highs in Paris at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 6 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 Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip maker website.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in July, with highs in Bayeux at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 16th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Abbaye de Hambye and then trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Avignon.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Avignon

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Marseille (Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde & Le Vieux Port), Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence) and Bandol (Sentier Littoral, Foret de Roustagnon, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and explore the fascinating underground world of Escale Aventure.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon vacation maker website.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July: high temperatures in Avignon hover around 36°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Chevrerie Au Coeur de Montjoie (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, and get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Avignon to Chamonix in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Terre Liquide (in Mons), Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Le Capitole). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip maker website.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Carcassonne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Le Bugue (Parc Le Bournat & Aquarium du Perigord Noir), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Commarque.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda vacation planner.

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. Traveling from Carcassonne in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Sarlat-la-Caneda. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Biarritz

— 6 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biarritz: La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port (in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port), Hendaye (Chateau Observatoire Abbadia & Plage d'Hendaye) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at L'Atelier du Piment, experience rural life at Ferme d'Agerria, explore the fascinating underground world of Les Grottes de Sare, and kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Biarritz tour site.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Biarritz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Biarritz, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Sainte-Maxime (Eglise Sainte-Maxime, Zipline, &more), Maison du Patrimoine (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Riviera Nature (in Grasse). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, browse the exhibits of Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael, contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip builder site.

You can fly from Biarritz to Saint-Raphael in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Biarritz in August, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Paddling in Antibes), Cannes (Le Suquet, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). There's lots more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, discover the deep blue sea with Easy Dive, and kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in August: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.