60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Reims
— 7 nights
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Nancy
— 5 nights
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Strasbourg
— 7 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Lyon
— 7 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary builder app.

Calgary, Canada to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Paris is 8 hours. When traveling from Calgary in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Paris: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 9:

Reims

— 7 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Abbatiale Notre Dame de Mouzon (in Mouzon), Cite du Champagne (in Ay) and Ouvrage de La Ferte (in La Ferte-sur-Chiers). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the striking features of Palais du Tau, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Saint Mihiel American Cemetery.

Plan my day in Reims using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Paris to Reims in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nancy.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 16:

Nancy

— 5 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nancy: Fort de Vaux (in Damloup), Champagne Claude Perrard (in Rouvres-les-vignes) and Chemin Historique (in Creutzwald). The adventure continues: make a trip to Place Stanislas, admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale, and steep yourself in history at Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nancy day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Reims to Nancy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nancy can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

Strasbourg

— 7 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim), Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite (in Epfig) and Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, and explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planner.

You can drive from Nancy to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 28:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Musee Picasso, Marché provençal, &more), Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip planner.

Fly from Strasbourg to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in December, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 5:

Marseille

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and make a trip to Collegiale Saint Pierre.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 11:

Lyon

— 7 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 out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Spas (in Chambery), Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more) and Lans-en-Vercors (Vercors Cuir & Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon road trip planning app.

Fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Marseille in January: highs in Lyon hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 18:

La Rochelle

— 4 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou), Bordeaux (Tour Pey-Berland & Place de la Bourse) and Ma cabane sur la Plage (in Ars-en-Re). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Priorale Saint Pierre, pause for some serene contemplation at Clocher Observatoire, and explore the activities along Vieux Port.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your La Rochelle trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to La Rochelle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in La Rochelle, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. January in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Rouen

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux (in Bayeux) and Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, take in the views from Pont de Normandie, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Samaris.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rouen travel planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:

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.