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
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 Musee Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Lascaris and La Croisette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Marché provençal, Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, &more), La Maison du Portal (in Levens) and Musee d'Histoire Locale et de Ceramique Biotoise (in Biot). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice road trip planning app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Nice is 4 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Nice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough 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 Notre Dame De Constance. Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste and Vieille Ville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Villa Theo (in Le Lavandou), Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo) and Six-Fours-les-Plages (La Maison du Cygne & Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Chateau de la Clapiere, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse de Ramatuelle, 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 · Shopping

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 Cathédrale La Major. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, &more), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval, Parc du Mugel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and visit The Panier.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille journey planning app.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive 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 Basilique Saint-Sernin for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Castillet), Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins & Fondation Bemberg) and Spas (in Balma). 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 · Neighborhoods

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 Cathedrale St-Pierre are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Mercurart and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Musee Urgonia (in Orgon), Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar) and Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo (in Roussillon). 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 Musee de l'Ancien Eveche. 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, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, examine the collection at Musee Opinel, 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 · Winter Sports · Parks · 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 Palais de l'Ile will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Lake Annecy (in Annecy), Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire) 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, 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 Vieux Lyon. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee Miniature et Cinema 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). 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 · Trails · Tours · Parks

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 national de l'Education capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more), Amiens (Musee de Picardie & St-Leu) 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, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Montmartre, 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 travel 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 · 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.