60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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60 days in France Itinerary

Start: Coimbatore
Fly + Tram:  15 h 45 min
1
Lyon
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Montpellier
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Toulouse
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Bordeaux
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
La Rochelle
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Nantes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
Paris
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
11
Lille
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
12
Strasbourg
— 8 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Coimbatore

6
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Miniature et Cinema and La Vieille Ville. Venture out of the city with trips to La Clusaz (in La Clusaz), Dijon (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Owl's Trail, &more) and Clermont-Ferrand (Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, L'Aventure Michelin, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip app .

Coimbatore, India to Lyon is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Coimbatore in January, expect Lyon to be colder, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dijon, Clermont-Ferrand, La Clusaz, La Vieille Ville
Highlights from your plan
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

4
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Le Suquet. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Rocher des Doms (in Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix & Cours Mirabeau). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille holiday tool .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in January, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Calanques, Le Suquet, Rocher des Doms
Highlights from your plan
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Calanques ©
Calanques

5
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pic Saint-Loup and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Venture out of the city with trips to Viaduc de Millau (in Millau), Les Fortifications de La Cavalerie (in La Cavalerie) and Nimes (Tour Magne & Jardins de la Fontaine). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Montpellier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Montpellier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Arles, Nimes, Les Fortifications de La Cavalerie, Espace Georges Brassens
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Pic Saint-Loup ©
Pic Saint-Loup
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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 Cathar Castles and Les Halles de Narbonne. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Cathedrale St-Just (in Narbonne). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, witness the site of a historic battle at Château de Salses, and steep yourself in history at Chateau Royale de Collioure.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Montpellier to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Narbonne, Collioure, Cathedrale St-Jean, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, Château de Salses
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cathedrale St-Just ©
Cathedrale St-Just

5
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Boulevard des Pyrenees. Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Pont Valentre (in Cahors), Cloitre Saint-Jean (in Bagneres-de-Bigorre) and Lourdes (Chateau Fort of Lourdes, Grotte de Massabielle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

Make your Toulouse itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from Carcassonne to Toulouse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Albi, Lourdes, Pau, Musee Soulages, Pont Valentre
Highlights from your plan
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Boulevard des Pyrenees
Boulevard des Pyrenees

5
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Cote des Basques and Phare de Biarritz. Venture out of the city with trips to Rocher de la Vierge (in Biarritz), La ville d'Hiver (in Arcachon) and Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas, ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux road trip planner .

Getting from Toulouse to Bordeaux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Biarritz, Saint-Emilion, La ville d'Hiver, Cathedrale St-Front, Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas ©
Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas

5
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of Notre Dame la Grande and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Saint Martin de Re (Clocher Observatoire & Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re), L'Ouvre Boites (in Le Bois-Plage-en-Re) and Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, wander the streets of Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte, see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, and visit a coastal fixture at Le phare de chassiron.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the La Rochelle day trip planning app .

Getting from Bordeaux to La Rochelle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Rochefort, Chatelaillon-Plage, L'Ouvre Boites, Le phare de chassiron
Highlights from your plan
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Church of Notre Dame la Grande ©
Church of Notre Dame la Grande
Vieux Port
Vieux Port

3
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Explore hidden gems such as Jardin des Plantes and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Chateau d'Angers (in Angers), Parc du Thabor (in Rennes) and Centre Historique de Vannes (in Vannes). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, get a taste of the local shopping with Passage Pommeraye, and step aboard Submarine l'Espadon.

To see traveler tips, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nantes tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sous-Marin l'Espadon, Parc du Thabor, Centre Historique de Vannes, Chateau d'Angers
Highlights from your plan
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Parc du Thabor ©
Parc du Thabor

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, stop by La Maison du Biscuit, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bayeux road trip app .

Traveling by car from Nantes to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pegasus Memorial, Omaha Beach, La Maison du Biscuit, Pointe du Hoc
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin

5
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Esplanade du Trocadero and Ile Saint-Louis. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny), Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church & Vieux Bassin) and Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Fontainebleau, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois, brush up on your military savvy at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation, and wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Honfleur, Rouen, Blois, Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau de Fontainebleau
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Esplanade du Trocadero ©
Esplanade du Trocadero
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

4
nights
Lille

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Calais Wine Superstore and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lille: Musée du Louvre-Lens (in Lens), l'Hotel de Ville de Calais (in Calais) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens). On the 4th (Wed), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee La Piscine, shop like a local with Vieux-Lille, and don't miss a visit to Grande Place.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lille visit planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Lille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lille

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Calais, Musée du Louvre-Lens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Le Touquet Beach, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Highlights from your plan
Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Musee La Piscine ©
Musee La Piscine
Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille

8
nights
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Step off the beaten path and head to Old Town and Vieille Ville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim), Mulhouse (Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer & Cite de l'Automobile) and Colmar (Eglise St-Martin & Musee du Jouet). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Gerardmer, admire the landmark architecture of Place Kleber, and get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Strasbourg journey planner.

Traveling by train from Lille to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Colmar, Mulhouse, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Œuvre de la cathédrale, Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Œuvre de la cathédrale
Œuvre de la cathédrale
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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