60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 6 nights
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Arles
— 6 nights
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Cannes
— 7 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 7 nights
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Rouen
— 7 nights
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Paris
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Beynac and Château de Biron. Step out of the city life by going to Les Grottes de Maxange and Abri de Cap Blanc. Venture out of the city with trips to Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front), Les Troglos de Belves (in Belves) and L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur (in Saint-Avit-Senieur). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos, make a trip to Chateau de Campagne, and relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip itinerary planner.

Toulouse to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Traveling from Toulouse in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine. Escape the urban bustle at Lac de la Cavayere and Grotte de Limousis. Step out of Carcassonne to go to Brousses-et-Villaret and see Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, don't miss a visit to Eglise des Carmes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

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You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 6 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Museum-lovers will get to explore Jardin des Herbes and L'Artisan Nougatier. Get outdoors at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Alain Bateaux. Explore Vallon-Pont-d'Arc's surroundings by going to Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle (in Montjoyer), Le Chaudron d'Or (in Montelimar) and Le Poet-Laval (Commanderie de l'Ordre des Hospitaliers & Chateau des Hospitaliers). There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Verasoie Musee Magnanerie, admire the striking features of La Chartreuse de Valbonne, and head outdoors with Base Nautique du Pont d'Arc.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online travel route builder.

Drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Arles

— 6 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Carrieres des Lumieres. Get outdoors at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Tarascon (Porte Condamine Tarascon City Gate & Chateau de Tarascon), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Eglise St-Vincent (in Les Baux de Provence). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, stroll the grounds of Les Alyscamps, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and make a trip to Abbaye de Montmajour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Arles tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Arles in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cannes

— 7 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get in touch with nature at Île Sainte-Marguerite and Plage de La Bocca. Le Suquet and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup), Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Ville medieval (in Vence). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Promenade du Paillon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael the Archangel Church.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cannes trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Arles to Cannes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Calvi.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Calvi, Corsica

— 3 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Get outdoors at Colombo Line and Wild Machja. Get some historical perspective at Citadelle de Calvi and Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Musee Prive Guy Savelli (in Corbara) and Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Village abandonné d'Occi, head outdoors with Plage de Calvi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arinella and Algaio Beach, and enjoy the sea views from La Revellata.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Calvi travel website.

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Calvi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then get outside with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, then head outdoors with Plage du Grand Sperone, and finally stop by KOCOTTE. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Ranch San Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Canetto, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bonifacio road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Calvi to Bonifacio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Calvi in July since evenings lows in Bonifacio dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Bayeux.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 7 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Caen (Eglise Saint-Jean & Eglise Saint-Pierre), Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Cimetières Militaires) and Hillman Site (in Colleville-Montgomery). There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, and steep yourself in history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bonifacio to Bayeux by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, Bayeux is a bit cooler than Bonifacio - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rouen

— 7 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Fondation Claude Monet and Gros-Horloge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Fecamp (Musee des Pecheries & Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut), Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges) and Collegiale Notre Dame (in Vernon). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, steep yourself in history at Manoir de Villers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Monumental.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rouen driving holiday planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Rouen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Visiting Île de la Cité and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Grand Canal, &more). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, and examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.