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.
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Lascaris and Musee Matisse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Maison du Portal (in Levens), Antibes (Marché provençal, Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, &more) and Cannes (La Croisette, Le Suquet, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice road trip planning app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Nice is 4 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Nice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough 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. Get some historical perspective at Notre Dame du Mai and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de la Clapiere and La Maison du Cygne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo), Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Villa Theo (in Le Lavandou). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Anglicane, take an in-depth tour of Musee Du Patrimoine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Consolation, and see the interesting displays at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hyeres trip itinerary builder app.

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. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

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.
Musee Granet and Fondation Vasarely will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, &more), Cape Canaille (in Cassis) and La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval, Parc du Mugel, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hyeres to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee des Augustins and Fondation Bemberg. Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Basilique Saint-Sernin for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Church of Les Jacobins (in Toulouse), Spas (in Balma) and Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Castillet). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and get in on the family fun at S Room Agency.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Spas

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.
Popular historic sites such as Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Mercurart and Cathedrale St-Pierre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Musee Urgonia (in Orgon), Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo (in Roussillon) and Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), view the masterpieces at L'Atelier de Maud, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon visit app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de Grenoble and Musee Dauphinois. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Archaeological Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Grenoble: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more), Meribel (Elements Park & Snowdlight Ski School) and Val Thorens (Ski Cool, Prosneige, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins, examine the collection at Musee de l'Ancien Eveche, fly down the slopes at La Grave, and head outdoors with Aventure parc, venosc.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Avignon to Grenoble in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grenoble, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · 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.
Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce and Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents) will appeal to history buffs. Musee du Moyen Age and Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Annecy (Lake Annecy & Palais de l'Ile), Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) and Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, fly down the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, contemplate the long history of Le Chemin du Calvaire, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Site de Morette.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chamonix day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive 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.
Get some historical perspective at Colline de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Chateau Musee de Desaignes will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Maison des Tresses et Lacets (in La Terrasse-sur-Dorlay), Musee des traditions bugistes (in Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey) and Musee de Cires (in Ars-sur-Formans). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, brush up on your military savvy at Musee de l'Aviation Clement Ader, view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon, and examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Lyon are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Quentin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mont-Saint-Michel trip simple and quick.

Getting from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In February in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get some cultural insight at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Maison de Jules Verne. Let the collections at Musee des Traditions Et Arts Normands - and Musee national de l'Education capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Amiens (Musee de Picardie, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, and steep yourself in history at Hotel de Bourgtheroulde.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rouen online vacation planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Grand Canal, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Montmartre, and visit Le Marais.

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

Drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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.