60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France planner

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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
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Grenoble
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
Drive
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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 Palais Lascaris will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille Ville and Musee Picasso. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Marché provençal, Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, &more), Cannes (La Croisette, Le Suquet, &more) and La Maison du Portal (in Levens). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Nice is 4 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, things will get colder in Nice: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can 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 Eglise Saint-Michel. Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste and Notre Dame De Constance. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Villa Theo (in Le Lavandou), Six-Fours-les-Plages (La Maison du Cygne & Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc) and Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Trophyme, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Consolation.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 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 Fondation Vasarely 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), La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval, Parc du Mugel, &more) and Cape Canaille (in Cassis). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hyeres to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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'ecole. Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Cathar Castles for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Spas (in Balma), Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Castillet) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Queribus, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Musee Urgonia (in Orgon), Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar) and Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur (in Grignan). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Avignon planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Avignon, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. 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 de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Dauphinois and Musee des Forges et des Moulins. Change things up with these side-trips from Grenoble: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more), Val Thorens (Ski Cool, Prosneige, &more) and Meribel (Elements Park & Snowdlight Ski School). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins, examine the collection at Parc du Chateau de Vizille, get engrossed in the history at Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum, 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 Site de Morette will appeal to history buffs. Musee du Moyen Age and Musee Alpin will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire), Annecy (Lake Annecy & Palais de l'Ile) and Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, get great views at Aiguille des Grands Montets, steep yourself in history at Le Chemin du Calvaire, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents).

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 · Historic Sites

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 Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: 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). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee Magnin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and take an in-depth tour of Chateau Musee de Desaignes.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip maker.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly 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 admire the striking features 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 3 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 · Outdoors · Tours

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 d'Amiens. 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), St-Leu (in Amiens) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, explore the world behind art at Musee des Traditions Et Arts Normands -, contemplate the long history of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine.

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 · Beaches · 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 Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Grand Canal, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and visit Le Marais.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — Mar 1:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.