60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 8 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Honfleur
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 8 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 8 nights
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Nice
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Chamonix

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): head outdoors with Huskydalen, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Chamonix is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports

Val Thorens

— 2 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pick up some new knowledge with Prosneige, then get outside with La Tyrolienne, and then hit the slopes at Val Cenis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Val Thorens trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Val Thorens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trip

Lyon

— 8 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.
Do your shopping at Cite du Chocolat Valrhona and Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. Get in touch with nature at Safari de Peaugres and Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Palais de l'Ile), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, take in the dramatic natural features at La Roche de Solutre, admire the striking features of Monastere Royal de Brou, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

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Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Airborne Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pointe du Hoc and Bayeux War Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare), Eglise Saint-Germain (in Barneville-Carteret) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). The adventure continues: take in the history at Omaha Beach, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, take an in-depth tour of Juno Beach Centre, and brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lyon in April, with highs in Bayeux at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 5 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
You'll get in some beach time at Deauville Beach and Plage de Trouville. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise St-Joseph and Les Jardins d'Etretat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honfleur: Rouen (Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more), Chateau de Boutemont (in Ouilly-le-Vicomte) and Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, take a stroll through St-Leu, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Honfleur trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Honfleur are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 4 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.
Visiting Plage du Sillon and Sentier des douaniers will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Pointe du Grouin and Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Malo side-trips: Plevenon (Cap Fréhel & Fort La Latte). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, make a trip to Centre Historique, browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres, and take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Saint-Malo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Nantes

— 8 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau d'Angers and Chateau de Brissac. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Passage Pommeraye and Cite Medievale de Guerande. Explore Nantes' surroundings by going to Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche (in Guerande), Villandry (Eglise St-Etienne & Chateau de Villandry) and Ocearium du Croisic (in Le Croisic). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and stop by Village de Trentemoult.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Nantes, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at Hammam Le Boudoir, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Nantes to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Arles

— 6 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Site Archeologique de Glanum will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Espace Georges Brassens (in Sete), Nimes (Tour Magne & Jardins de la Fontaine) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, and don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Arles trip builder.

Getting from Carcassonne to Arles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Arles, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille

— 8 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.
Visiting Colorado Provencal and La Ferme aux Crocodiles will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Chateau de Grignan and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Mines de Bruoux (in Gargas), Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

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You can drive from Arles to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime and Musee Fragonard. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite & Le Suquet). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online travel planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.