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
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Le Suquet. Venture out of the city with trips to La Maison du Portal (in Levens), Antibes (Marché provençal, Musee Picasso, &more) and Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice online tour planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Nice, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 15:

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. You'll explore and learn at Chateau de la Clapiere and Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime. Visit Eglise Anglicane and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste for their historical value. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo), Six-Fours-les-Plages (La Maison du Cygne, Notre Dame du Mai, &more) and Villa Theo (in Le Lavandou). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Consolation, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Du Patrimoine.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hyeres trip planner.

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 bit cooler evenings in Hyeres when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Fondation Vasarely. Popular historic sites such as Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine are in your itinerary. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval, Parc du Mugel, &more), Cape Canaille (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (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 Sep 19 — 23:

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.
Cité de Carcassonne and Cathedrale St-Jean will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Saint-Sernin and O'Vineyards. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Castillet (in Perpignan), Spas (in Balma) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Musee des Augustins, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery, find something for the whole family at S Room Agency, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Musee Angladon. You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Albert-Andre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo (in Roussillon), Musee Urgonia (in Orgon) and Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Avignon online trip itinerary planner.

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 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (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 Sep 29 — Oct 4:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Musee de Grenoble and Musee Dauphinois. Let the collections at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Parc du Chateau de Vizille capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Val Thorens (Ski Cool, Prosneige, &more), Meribel (Elements Park & Snowdlight Ski School) and Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Musee des Forges et des Moulins, see the interesting displays at Musee des Mineraux Et de la Faune des Alpes, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Grave, and head outdoors with Aventure parc, venosc.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Avignon to Grenoble in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Avignon in October; daily highs in Grenoble reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee du Moyen Age and Plateau des Glieres. Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents) and Le Chemin du Calvaire will appeal to history buffs. Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Annecy (Lake Annecy & Palais de l'Ile), Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire) and Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce, explore the different monuments and memorials at Site de Morette, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chamonix tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Grenoble to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

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.
Visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Vieux Lyon. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Musee des traditions bugistes (in Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey), Musee de Cires (in Ars-sur-Formans) and Maison des Tresses et Lacets (in La Terrasse-sur-Dorlay). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon visit planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 22nd (Fri), hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Quentin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel sightseeing planner.

Fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. October in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Let the collections at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee de Picardie capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Amiens (Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Maison de Jules Verne, &more) and Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Notre Dame de Grace). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine, admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, explore the world behind art at Musee des Traditions Et Arts Normands -, and get engrossed in the history at Musee national de l'Education.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Rouen trip planning tool.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get some historical perspective at Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Grand Canal, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online day trip planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Paris sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — Nov 3:

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.