60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Carcassonne
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 6 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Avignon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 7 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Chamonix

— 6 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.
Step out of Chamonix with an excursion to Lake Annecy in Annecy--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, get great views at Brevent Cable Car, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Chamonix is an approximately 26.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Chamonix. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises (in Ax-les-Thermes), Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege) and Terre Liquide (in Mons). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the activities along Lac de Cavayere, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Le Parc Australien, and steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Carcassonne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 13:

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.
Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), La Boucle du Moulin du Saut (in Gramat) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and find something for the whole family at Parc Le Bournat.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 19:

Paris

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Fly from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, and then relax in the rural setting at Ferme de Vailly.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Colleville-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

You can drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Avignon.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Offroad Aventure 07 (in Lanas), La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, explore the stunning scenery at Base Canyon de la Besorgues, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, and walk around Les Barons Perches.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Avignon holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in September: highs in Avignon hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:

Marseille

— 5 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Cassis (Trolib, Calanque d'En-Vau, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, wander the streets of The Panier, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

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Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Hyeres

— 7 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Porquerolles Island (Plage Notre Dame & Plage de la Courtade), Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere, Plage de Saint-Clair, &more) and La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Estagnol, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Almanarre, and relax in the rural setting at Var Lamas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hyeres day trip site.

You can drive from Marseille to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hyeres are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 16:

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Lac de Saint-Cassien), Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf) and Rail Tours (in Menton). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with TakSea, trek along La Pointe de l'Aiguille, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Abel Baliff Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael tour site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, 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 Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 22:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Musee Picasso). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip maker tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 29:

France travel guide

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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.