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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Rue d'Antibes. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette, Le Suquet, &more), La Maison du Portal (in Levens) and Antibes (Marché provençal, Musee Picasso, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and examine the collection at Musee des Coquillages.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 4 hours. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 15:

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. You'll explore and learn at Chateau de la Clapiere and La Maison du Cygne. Visit Eglise Anglicane and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste for their historical value. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Six-Fours-les-Plages (Notre Dame du Mai & Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc), Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo) and Villa Theo (in Le Lavandou). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Consolation.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyeres day trip app.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hyeres, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Fondation Vasarely. Popular historic sites such as Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Abbaye Saint Victor are in your itinerary. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval, Parc du Mugel, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

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.
Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Saint-Sernin and Cathedrale St-Jean. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Spas (in Balma), Castillet (in Perpignan) and Toulouse (Musee des Augustins & Fondation Bemberg). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, get in on the family fun at S Room Agency, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de la Nativite, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Angladon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar), Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo (in Roussillon) and Musee Urgonia (in Orgon). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, admire the masterpieces at Musee Albert-Andre, explore the engaging exhibits at Musee 1900, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Avignon road trip planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Musee de Grenoble and Musee des Forges et des Moulins. Let the collections at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Musee Dauphinois capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more), Val Thorens (Ski Cool, Prosneige, &more) and Meribel (Elements Park & Snowdlight Ski School). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Parc du Chateau de Vizille, stroll through Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School, explore the world behind art at Musee Hebert, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Avignon to Grenoble in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Avignon in October; daily highs in Grenoble reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee du Moyen Age and Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce. Plateau des Glieres and Le Chemin du Calvaire will appeal to history buffs. Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire), Annecy (Lake Annecy & Palais de l'Ile) and Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais (in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents), explore the different monuments and memorials at Site de Morette, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chamonix tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Grenoble to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

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.
Visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: 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 much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, examine the collection at Musee Magnin, do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Lyon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in Lyon, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 22nd (Fri), hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Quentin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel sightseeing planner.

Fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. October in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Let the collections at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee national de l'Education capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Notre Dame de Grace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Amiens (Musee de Picardie, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, explore the world behind art at Musee des Traditions Et Arts Normands -, and admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Rouen journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rouen are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Get some historical perspective at Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Grand Canal, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — Nov 3:

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.