60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

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Nice
— 7 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
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Biarritz
— 7 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 6 nights
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Bayeux
— 7 nights
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Rouen
— 7 nights
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Nice

— 7 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.
Attractions like Lérins Islands and Colline du Chateau overlook make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: La Cure Gourmande Saint Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, you will find days in Nice are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Massif de l'Esterel and Kuentz le Monde des Cactus. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Tanneron (Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois & Massif du Tanneron), Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Golf de Roquebrune Resort & Rocher de Roquebrune) and La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu, stroll around Parc Areca Jardin Botanique, get active on the water at La Brigante, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Saint-Raphael, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Marseille

— 7 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.
Bring the kids along to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles), Cassis (Cape Canaille & Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Fondation Vasarely). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere militaire franco-italien, and trek along Sentier Littoral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip app.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, kick your exploration up a notch at O2 Aventure, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), explore the historical opulence of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and then hike along Mayronnes Sculpture Trail.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in July, things will get little chillier in Carcassonne Center: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Biarritz

— 7 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Room Escape Games and Atlantika 64. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biarritz: Col Bagargui (in Larrau), Initiation a la Cesta Punta (in Saint-Jean-de-Luz) and Chateau de Maytie d'Andurain (in Mauleon-Licharre). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Centre de Tourisme Equestre Larrun Alde, go for a walk through Le Port de Guethary, play a few rounds at Parcours Sensations Golf D'ilbarritz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Biarritz online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Biarritz in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carcassonne Center in July: highs in Biarritz hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Golf · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 6 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kids will appreciate attractions like Pointe D'Agon and Plage du Plat Gousset. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mont-Saint-Michel: Golf de Vire la Dathee (in Saint Manvieu Bocage), Les iles Chausey (in Granville) and Fours a Chaux du Rey - Musee Maritime (in Regneville-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Julien, trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and relax in the rural setting at La Ferme du Cheval de Trait.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and taxi from Biarritz to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, train, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Biarritz in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mont-Saint-Michel, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 7 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Attractions like Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and D-Day Monument make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Hermanville War Cemetery (in Hermanville-sur-mer), Caen (Circuit Historique Guillaume le Conquerant & Eglise Saint-Jean) and Mare de Vauville (in Vauville). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Interieur a Ciel Ouvert, witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour planning website.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rouen

— 7 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Chemin des Douaniers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Atelier galerie du bord de Seine (in Poses), Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre (in Bretteville-du-Grand-Caux) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, make a trip to La maison sublime, get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, and stroll the grounds of Dieppe Canadian Cemetery.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rouen road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 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.
Attractions like Louvre Museum and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Le Marais, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Paris route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

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.