59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Rouen
— 1 night
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Grenoble
— 6 nights
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Val Thorens
— 4 nights
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Tignes
— 3 nights
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
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Morzine
— 6 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Nice
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Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 2nd (Wed), make a trip to Rue Saint-Romain, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rouen is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Rouen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Rouen hover around 8°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:

Paris

— 8 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and stop by Le Marais.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rouen to Paris by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Grenoble.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Feb 2 — 10:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Station du Grand Puy Seyne les Alpes (in Seyne les Alpes), Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins (in Lanslebourg Mont Cenis) and Esf Chabanon (in Selonnet). There's much more to do: learn from the experts at European Ski School, tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine skiable Pelvoux Vallouise, fly down the slopes at SnowPark, and tour along fresh powder with Jean Sport.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Grenoble in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. February in Grenoble sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 16:

Val Thorens

— 4 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Get out of town with these interesting Val Thorens side-trips: Courchevel (Sweet Snowsports & SnowLimits Ski School) and Meribel (Elements Park, Snowdlight Ski School, &more). There's lots more to do: pick up some new knowledge with Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maison des Guides et de la Montagne Val Thorens, and learn and have fun at Prosneige.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Val Thorens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tignes.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:

Tignes

— 3 nights
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Tignes side-trips: Macot-la-Plagne (snow panthers motoneige, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more) and Aiguille Rouge (in Les Arcs). There's much more to do: hone your skills at Rebel Alliance Snowboarding, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, tour the pleasant surroundings at British Alpine Ski School, and get outside with The Development Centre - Tignes.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tignes trip maker.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Tignes in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Tignes can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

Chamonix

— 6 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.
Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire) and Aperigloo Megeve (in Megeve). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Aiguille du Midi, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix journey builder.

You can drive from Tignes to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Morzine.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 1:

Morzine

— 6 nights
Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Morzine: ESI Grand Massif (in Les Carroz-d'Araches), Xtreme Glisses (in Samoens) and Dje Snowboard (in Flaine). The adventure continues: learn from the experts at Ski With Ease, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Les Gets, stroll through Billski Ski School, and fly down the slopes at New Generation Ski & Snowboard School - Morzine.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Morzine attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Morzine takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In March in Morzine, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Morzine

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 7:

Lyon

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: La Cave de l'Ange Gardien (in Beaune), Musee Magnin (in Dijon) and Chouchout'Eve/You (in St-Chamond). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, stroll through Parc d'Activites de Montagne de Praboure, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Morzine to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 12:

Carcassonne

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, don't miss a visit to Place Carnot, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, and steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:

Marseille

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Villa des Flo (in Bandol) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, &more). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, take a stroll through The Panier, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michel Church.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marseille route builder.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 22:

Nice

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 30:

France travel guide

4.3
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.