60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Nice
— 8 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 7 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 7 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
Bus to Lyon, Fly to Caen
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more), 365 Fromages (in Valbonne) and Antibes (Galerie du Faune & Musee Picasso). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and awaken your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip builder website.

Adelaide, Australia to Nice is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Nice. Traveling from Adelaide in September, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 28°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 7 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 de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron), Seillans (La Ferme des Cairns & Domaine Val d'Iris) and San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, walk around Jardin Bonaparte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, Saint-Raphael is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 7 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Domaine Sainte Marie, Notre Dame De Constance, &more) and Le Lavandou (Grande Plage du Lavandou, Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, take in the architecture and design of Kelys, and stop by Port Grimaud.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: La Ciotat (Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde & Route des Cretes), Saint Michel Church (in Cassis) and Bandol (Sentier Littoral & Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, visit The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and examine the collection at Musee Granet.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more), Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Chapelle St Jacques (in Cavaillon) and Chateau de Lourmarin (in Lourmarin). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · 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.
Step out of Chamonix with an excursion to Lake Annecy in Annecy--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, head outdoors with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, and explore the striking landscape at Grotte de Glace.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix online holiday planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Chamonix in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Compagnie des Terroirs (in Caen), Pont de Normandie (in Honfleur) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chamonix to Bayeux in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

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.