60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 11 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 8 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Colleville-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Reserve Naturelle (in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval) and Annecy (Lake Annecy, La Tournette, &more). There's still lots to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and look for all kinds of wild species at Aiguilles Rouges.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamonix online travel planner.

Manchester, UK to Chamonix is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 19:

Nice

— 11 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more), Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Antibes (Musee Picasso, Villa Eilenroc, &more). Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, indulge your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours, get great views at Mt Boron, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nice trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 30:

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Gigaro & Le Cap Lardier), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Chateau Barbeyrolles (in Gassin). There's much more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, savor the flavors at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, explore the activities along Les Gorges du Verdon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in June, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are slightly colder (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 6:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Trolib (in Cassis), Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and stroll through Parc National des Calanques.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planning website.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

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 Toulouse (Le Riad du Bien etre & Basilique Saint-Sernin), Montpellier (Cathedrale St-Pierre & Musee Fabre) and Mas Gabriel (in Caux). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 17:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Bergerac Wine Tours (in Eymet), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip builder.

Getting from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Carcassonne in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 25:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres and then trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then take in the local highlights with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Mont-Saint-Michel in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, expect nights in Mont-Saint-Michel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery), see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum, then make a trip to La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. In July in Colleville-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Rouen

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Bayeux ( Bayeux War Cemetery & Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux), Remains Mulberry Harbour (in Arromanches-les-Bains) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, and take a stroll through St-Leu.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rouen day trip tool.

Drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Rouen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 11:

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.