60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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60 days in France Itinerary

Melbourne
Fly:  24​h
Nice
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Vars
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Tignes
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Meribel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Les Deux-Alpes
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Carcassonne Center
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Albi
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Indre-et-Loire
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
Rouen
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Reims
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
Melbourne

6
days
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Lérins Islands and St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Station de Ski L'Audibergue and San Peyre. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence (in Vence) and Eglise Saint Pierre (in Cagnes-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, explore the historical opulence of Palais Lascaris, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Castre.

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Melbourne, Australia to Nice is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Nice is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Nice are cooler (15°C), and nights are a bit cooler (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Vars.

Things to do in Nice

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs, Eglise, Musee Lou Ferouil, San Peyre
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

4
days
Vars

Vars ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Maison Musee Colmars and The Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Saint Dalmas Le Selvage and Pure. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vars: Notre-Dame-du-Real (in Embrun), Station de Ski Reallon (in Reallon) and Orcieres Merlette 1850 (in Orcieres). On the 25th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Station de St Jean Montclar.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vars sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Nice to Vars takes 4 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in January: high temperatures in Vars hover around 7°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tignes.

Things to do in Vars

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Maison Musee Colmars, Station de Ski Reallon, Notre-Dame-du-Real, Saint Dalmas Le Selvage, Station de St Jean Montclar
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Ski Orcieres Merlette ©
Ski Orcieres Merlette
Maison Musee Colmars ©
Maison Musee Colmars
Notre-Dame-du-Real ©
Notre-Dame-du-Real

3
days
Tignes

Tignes ©
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to British Alpine Ski School and L'Espace Killy. Get outdoors at Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise and Snowtubing Tignes. It doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Skione.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tignes online journey builder .

Drive from Vars to Tignes in 4.5 hours. January in Tignes sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Meribel.

Things to do in Tignes

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

British Alpine Ski School, Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
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Skione ©
Skione

5
days
Meribel

Meribel ©
Step out of the city life by going to Lac d'Annecy and Raquett'Evasion. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moon Wild - La Piste des Animaux and Sweet Snowsports. On the 31st (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Courchevel.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Meribel day trip planner.

Getting from Tignes to Meribel by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Meribel sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Les Deux-Alpes.

Things to do in Meribel

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Courchevel, Notre-Dame de la Vie, Oxygene Ski School La Tania, Lac d'Annecy
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Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
Moon Wild - La Piste des Animaux ©
Moon Wild - La Piste des Animaux
Piste des Inuits ©
Piste des Inuits

5
days
Les Deux-Alpes

Les Deux-Alpes ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Deux Alpes and ULM Valmeinier. Step out of the city life by going to Stations Village du Pays de la Meije and Firstrax Ski School. Step out of Les Deux-Alpes to go to Puy-Saint-Vincent and see Vallon de Narreyroux, which is approximately 52 minutes away. On the 5th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at BASS Les Deux Alpes.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Les Deux-Alpes sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Meribel to Les Deux-Alpes takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Les Deux-Alpes

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vallon de Narreyroux, ULM Valmeinier, La Grave, Stations Village du Pays de la Meije
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Les Deux Alpes ©
Les Deux Alpes
La Grave ©
La Grave

5
days
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arenes de Nimes and Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Carrieres de Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). On the 9th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Station Mont Serein. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, pause for some photo ops at La Maison Carree, examine the collection at Foundation Vasarely, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon road trip site .

Traveling by car from Les Deux-Alpes to Avignon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Les Deux-Alpes in February, you will find days in Avignon are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

#Historic Sites, #Winter Sports, #Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Nimes, Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Station Mont Serein
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Arenes de Nimes ©
Arenes de Nimes
Carrieres de Lumieres ©
Carrieres de Lumieres
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

5
days
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cité de Carcassonne and Abbey of Saint-Hilaire. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of Saint-Nazaire and Eglise Notre-Dame. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Angles Station de Ski (in Les Angles), Gorges de la Pierre-Lys (in Saint-Martin-Lys) and Pisciculture des Chutes d'Aston (in Les Cabannes). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Station de Ski Formigueres, learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet, explore the historical opulence of Château Comtal, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip maker .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Station de Ski Formigueres, Chateau Canet, Les Angles Station de Ski, Eglise Notre-Dame, Domaine Rose et Paul
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Pisciculture des Chutes d'Aston ©
Pisciculture des Chutes d'Aston
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ©
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

4
days
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi and Mount Perdu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Musee du Saut du Tarn. Explore Albi's surroundings by going to Chateau de Coupiac (in Coupiac), Avec un ane - Randonnee (in Naussac) and St-Pierre-Toirac Church (in Saint-Pierre-Toirac). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Montaigut, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle St Jacques, explore the striking landscape at L Aubrac, and steep yourself in history at Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Albi trip maker app .

Getting from Carcassonne to Albi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. February in Albi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Indre-et-Loire.

Things to do in Albi

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Occitanie, Chateau de Saint-Izaire, Chateau de Coupiac, Chapelle St Jacques, Collegiale Saint-Remy
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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
St-Pierre-Toirac Church ©
St-Pierre-Toirac Church

5
days
Indre-et-Loire

Indre-et-Loire ©
Visit Chateau de Chambord and Chateau d'Amboise for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Château du Clos Lucé and Château de Villandry. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Indre-et-Loire: Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois), Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny) and Chateau du Rivau (in Lemere).

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Indre-et-Loire trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Albi to Indre-et-Loire takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, daytime highs in Indre-et-Loire are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Indre-et-Loire

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Amboise, Domaine de Cande, Chateau de Chambord, Chateau du Rivau, Chateau de Cheverny
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau d'Amboise ©
Chateau d'Amboise

5
days
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Memorial of Caen. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Bayeux (Notre Dame Cathedral & Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux), Saint Catherine's Church (in Honfleur) and Falaise d'Etretat (in Etretat). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Long Folie de Buissy.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rouen tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Indre-et-Loire to Rouen in 3.5 hours. In February in Rouen, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Rouen

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Bayeux, Saint Catherine's Church, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Memorial of Caen, Chateau de Long Folie de Buissy
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

5
days
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
L'ouvrage de la Falouse and Musee National du Chateau de Malmaison will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Abbaye de Trois-Fontaines. Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois (in Fere-en-Tardenois), Village Musee du Der (in Sainte-Marie-du-Lac-Nuisement) and Eglise Saint Amand (in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Laon, explore the historical opulence of Fort de Conde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques, and learn about winemaking at Champagne Thierry Rodez.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Reims trip planner .

Drive from Rouen to Reims in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Reims are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Wineries

Side Trips

Champagne Domi Moreau, Fort de Souville, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Musee Verlaine, Fleury-devant-Douaumont
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon
Eglise Saint-Medard de Parfondeval ©

4
days
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.
You'll explore and learn at Musée d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get some historical perspective at Sacre Coeur Cathedral and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and don't miss a visit to Arc de Triomphe.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Reims to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

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Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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