60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
Bus to Lyon, Fly to Caen
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 7 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Train
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Cassis
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 7 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Annecy (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Lake Annecy). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix attractions tool.

Sydney, Australia to Chamonix is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Chamonix due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bayeux itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chamonix to Bayeux in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:

Paris

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, La Galerie des Batailles, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris day trip website.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 18:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 6 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac), Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier) and Bergerac Wine Tours (in Eymet). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac, make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, and walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planning website.

You can drive from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. August in Sarlat-la-Caneda sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Jet evasion 34 (in Valras-Plage), Domaine Preignes Le Vieux (in Vias) and Domaine Boudau (in Rivesaltes). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Niaux, test your team's savvy at Escape Dimension La Croisee des Mondes, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Aven Grotte Forestiere (in Orgnac-l'Aven), Marseille (Parc National des Calanques & Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere, and explore the stunning scenery at Base Canyon de la Besorgues.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Cassis.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:

Cassis

— 5 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Explore Cassis' surroundings by going to Hyeres (Plage noire du Langoustier & Chateau d'Hyeres), Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol) and Six-Fours-les-Plages (Plage de la Coudouliere, Var Lamas, &more). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Trolib, cruise along Route des Cretes, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and trek along Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cassis travel route builder website.

Getting from Avignon to Cassis by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

Saint-Tropez

— 6 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Castellane), Hyeres (Plage La Capte & Sentier sous marin) and Cascade de L'Aille (in Vidauban). The adventure continues: fly like a bird with Marine Air Sport, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Escalet, head outdoors with Plage du Pellegrin, and kick back and relax at Plage de Guerrevieille.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Cassis to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Colgan's Brewery (in Mouans-Sartoux), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Riviera Nature (in Grasse). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, head outdoors with Sublim Sky, identify plant and animal life at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael driving holiday planner.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:

Nice

— 7 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Mougins (Galerie Lifetime Gallery & Galerie Elegance), Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and Vence (Lesgeckos & Azur Wine Tours). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: visit Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise de Biot, and explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice visit planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 28:

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.