60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 10 nights
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Grenoble
— 6 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 9 nights
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Nice

— 10 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.
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Lascaris and Vieille Ville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Maison du Portal (in Levens), Antibes (Marché provençal, Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, &more) and Cannes (La Croisette, Le Suquet, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Nice. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Nice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 11:

Hyeres

— 4 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 some historical perspective at Notre Dame du Mai and Chateau de la Clapiere. Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste and Eglise Anglicane. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo), Six-Fours-les-Plages (La Maison du Cygne & Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc) and Villa Theo (in Le Lavandou). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame De Constance, take an in-depth tour of Musee Du Patrimoine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Consolation, and examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hyeres vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Marseille

— 4 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.
Musee Granet and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, &more), Cape Canaille (in Cassis) and La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval, Parc du Mugel, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip builder tool.

Getting from Hyeres to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

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 appreciate Musee des Augustins and Musee de L'Inquisition. Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Fondation Bemberg), Spas (in Balma) and Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Castillet). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and get in on the family fun at S Room Agency.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

Avignon

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Mercurart and Cathedrale St-Pierre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Musee Urgonia (in Orgon), Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo (in Roussillon) and Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, view the masterpieces at L'Atelier de Maud, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon visit app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:

Grenoble

— 6 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de Grenoble and Musee des Forges et des Moulins. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Archaeological Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Grenoble: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more), Meribel (Elements Park & Snowdlight Ski School) and Val Thorens (Ski Cool, Prosneige, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins, examine the collection at Musee de l'Ancien Eveche, get engrossed in the history at Musee Dauphinois, and get outside with Aventure parc, venosc.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Avignon to Grenoble in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in January, expect nights in Grenoble to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:

Chamonix

— 5 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.
Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce and Plateau des Glieres will appeal to history buffs. Musee du Moyen Age and Crystal Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Annecy (Lake Annecy & Palais de l'Ile), Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) and Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, fly down the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, steep yourself in history at Le Chemin du Calvaire, and stroll through Vallee Blanche.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Grenoble to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:

Lyon

— 6 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.
Get some historical perspective at Colline de Fourviere and Chateau Musee de Desaignes. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee Magnin will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Maison des Tresses et Lacets (in La Terrasse-sur-Dorlay), Musee des traditions bugistes (in Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey) and Musee de Cires (in Ars-sur-Formans). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, brush up on your military savvy at Musee de l'Aviation Clement Ader, view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon, and examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Lyon are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 16:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Quentin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mont-Saint-Michel trip simple and quick.

Getting from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In February in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get some cultural insight at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Let the collections at Maison de Jules Verne and Musee de Picardie capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Amiens (Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens & St-Leu). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Traditions Et Arts Normands -, get engrossed in the history at Musee national de l'Education, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, and admire the striking features of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde.

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

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen takes 3 hours. In February in Rouen, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:

Paris

— 9 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Grand Canal, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Paris vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — Mar 1:

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.