60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Honfleur
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 5 nights
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Vannes
— 5 nights
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 4 nights
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Paris

— 5 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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Petit Palais. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Le Grand Trianon & Le Petit Trianon) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, and stop by Latin Quarter.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris journey builder website.

Mexico City, Mexico to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 5 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Eglise St-Joseph. Do some cultural sightseeing at Batteries du Mont Canisy and Paleospace. Step out of Honfleur to go to Houlgate and see Plages de Houlgate, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, make a trip to Greniers a sel de Honfleur, explore the world behind art at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame des Flots.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Honfleur itinerary builder.

Drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in Honfleur are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Get some cultural insight at Normandy American Cemetery and Musee du debarquement. Venture out of the city with trips to Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Caen (Eglise Saint-Pierre & Quartier du Vaugueux) and Caramels d'Isigny (in Isigny-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, examine the collection at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Baron Gerard.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 5 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Get some historical perspective at Pointe du Grouin and Villa les Roches Brunes. Step off the beaten path and head to Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel and Long cours et Cap Horniers (tour Solidor). Venture out of the city with trips to Mont-Saint-Michel (Grand Degre, Tour de L'Arcade, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to La Cite d'Aleth, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan, see the interesting displays at Usine maremotrice EDF de la Rance, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilique St-Sauveur.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Bayeux to Saint-Malo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Vannes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vannes

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Get some historical perspective at Carnac stones and Place Henri IV. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City Walls of Vannes and Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vannes: Musée de la Résistance bretonne (in Saint-Marcel), Carnac (Eglise Saint Cornely & Chapelle Saint-Colomban) and Lizio (Univers du Poete Ferrailleur & Ecomusee des Vieux Metiers). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Vannes, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint Pierre, kick back and relax at Conleau Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Saint-Pierre.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vannes online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Vannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Vannes, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau

— 4 nights
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Villandry and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Langeais and Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Azay-le-Rideau: Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil (Maison Frederic Mabileau & La Chevallerie - Gaetan BRUNEAU wines), Domaine de la Chevalerie (in Restigne) and Chateau de Miniere (in Ingrandes-de-Touraine). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette, do a tasting at Chateau de l'Aulee, step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Usse, and look for gifts at La Savonnerie du Zebre.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Azay-le-Rideau trip planner.

You can drive from Vannes to Azay-le-Rideau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 4 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Beynac and L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau des Milandes and Moulin de la Rouzique. Venture out of the city with trips to Porte de Luzier (in Beaumont-du-Perigord) and Cloitre de Cadouin (in Cadouin). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Commarque, get a new perspective on nature at Pole d'interpretation de la Prehistoire, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Romanesque Church, and see the interesting displays at Abri Pataud.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip planner.

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Azay-le-Rideau in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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 get to explore Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses and Musee d'Art et d'Histoire. Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and Rennes le chateau. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Rennes-le-Chateau (Tour Magdala & Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine), Narbonne (Donjon Gilles Aycelin, Eglise Saint-Paul, &more) and Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption (in Gruissan). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, and get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avignon

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Arc de Triomphe. Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Eglise St-Trophime. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet (in Fontvieille), Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Musee des Santons). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel planning tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole, and finally delve into the distant past at Chateau d'Evenos. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, and finally examine the collection at Centre de la Vieille Charite.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Popular historic sites such as Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Chateau Vignelaure are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Paul Cezanne’s Studio capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire (in Menerbes), Chateau de l'Emperi (in Salon-de-Provence) and Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de la Visitation Catherine de Sienne, examine the collection at Musee de l'Uniforme de la Legion etrangere, and admire the landmark architecture of Le Tour de l'Horloge.

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You can drive from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Tourrettes-sur-Loup are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Villa Kerylos. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cemetery of the Old Chateau (in Menton), Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, examine the collection at Musee Fragonard, contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice.

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You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 1 night
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.
To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bonifacio online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Bonifacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Bonifacio sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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.