60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 10 nights
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Grenoble
— 6 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Paris
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Nice

— 10 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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Marché provençal, Musee Picasso, &more), La Maison du Portal (in Levens) and Musee d'Histoire Locale et de Ceramique Biotoise (in Biot). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Rue d'Antibes, explore the world behind art at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nice planning site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 4 hours. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 4 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. You'll explore and learn at Chateau de la Clapiere and Musee Du Patrimoine. Visit Notre Dame de Consolation and Vieille Ville for their historical value. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont), Six-Fours-les-Plages (La Maison du Cygne, Notre Dame du Mai, &more) and Villa Theo (in Le Lavandou). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hyeres day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Hyeres, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Fondation Vasarely. Popular historic sites such as Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Pavillon de Vendome are in your itinerary. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet & Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval, Parc du Mugel, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, visit The Panier, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille visit app.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Saint-Sernin and O'Vineyards. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Castillet), Toulouse (Musee des Augustins & Fondation Bemberg) and Spas (in Balma). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery, find something for the whole family at S Room Agency, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Angladon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar), Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo (in Roussillon) and Musee Urgonia (in Orgon). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Musee Albert-Andre, explore the engaging exhibits at Musee 1900, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Avignon road trip planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Grenoble

— 6 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Get some cultural insight at Musee de Grenoble and Musee des Forges et des Moulins. Let the collections at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Musee Hebert capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Meribel (Elements Park & Snowdlight Ski School), Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more) and Val Thorens (Ski Cool, Prosneige, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Parc du Chateau de Vizille, tour the pleasant surroundings at Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School, take an in-depth tour of Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum, and get outside with Aventure parc, venosc.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Grenoble vacation maker site.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Grenoble takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Avignon in October: high temperatures in Grenoble hover around 63°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

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 a sense of the local culture at Musee du Moyen Age and Plateau des Glieres. Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents) and Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais will appeal to history buffs. Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire), Saint-Nicolas-de-Veroce (Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce & Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce) and Annecy (Lake Annecy & Palais de l'Ile). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, stroll the grounds of Site de Morette, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chamonix tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Grenoble to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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.
Visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Colline de Fourviere for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Maison des Tresses et Lacets (in La Terrasse-sur-Dorlay), Musee de Cires (in Ars-sur-Formans) and Musee des traditions bugistes (in Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon visit planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 22nd (Fri), take in the local highlights with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Quentin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel sightseeing planner.

Fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. October in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Let the collections at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee de Picardie capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Cote Sainte-Catherine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Amiens (Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Maison de Jules Verne, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee national de l'Education and admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Rouen journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rouen are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Paris

— 9 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 a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get some historical perspective at Arc de Triomphe and Palace of Versailles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Grand Canal, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.