60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Hyeres
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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— 19 nights
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Lyon

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Secrets d'Apiculteur, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Place des Celestins, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lyon itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Lyon. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Eglise St-Trophime) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Avignon online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lyon in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 7 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Domaine des Beaucas (in Sainte-Maxime) and Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, take a tour by water with Agathonis Plongee, stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and head outdoors with Cap Taillat.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael planner.

Getting from Avignon to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Nice

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Marche Forville, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, get great views at Mt Boron, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nice travel planner.

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. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 7 nights
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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Grimaud (Port Grimaud & Chapelle des Penitents), Notre Dame du Mai (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Saint-Tropez (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime & St. Tropez Harbor). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take in the dramatic natural features at Presqu'ile de Giens, and walk around Parc St Bernard.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hyeres road trip planning app.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Hyeres sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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: Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Trolib (in Cassis) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, walk around Le Palais de Justice, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary website.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Marseille sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Toulouse (Le Capitole, Church of Les Jacobins, &more) and Albi (Pont Vieux, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi, and learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 19 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 Moulin Fortifie de Cougnaguet (in Cales), Rocamadour (Ferme La Borie D'Imbert, Cite Religieuse, &more) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Front, and take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda route maker.

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 a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.