61 days in France Itinerary

61 days in France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 7 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Hyeres
— 7 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Nice
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Carcassonne

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Food Tours), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Colombiers) and Chapelle de Novilis (in Maraussan). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, gain insight at La Maison du Rire, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Jean.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip builder.

Nashville, USA to Carcassonne is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In June, Carcassonne is little chillier than Nashville - with highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 8:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Chateau Feely (in Saussignac) and Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, meet the residents at Aquarium du Perigord Noir, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Sarlat-la-Caneda sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 14:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in June: highs in Paris hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 22:

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bayeux tour builder app.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bayeux: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Avignon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 28:

Avignon

— 6 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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau), La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St. Pierre.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planner.

You can fly from Bayeux to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in June: high temperatures in Avignon hover around 83°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 4:

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 Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Cassis (Trolib, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, wander the streets of The Panier, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de la Treille.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marseille driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:

Hyeres

— 7 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Port du Brusc (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), Decouverte du Vivant (in Sanary-sur-Mer) and Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol). And it doesn't end there: walk around Parc St Bernard, explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier, do a tasting at Chateau Des Garcinieres, and indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyeres trip maker.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 16:

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres), Sainte-Maxime (Pointe des Sardinaux & La Cave du Marche) and La Ferme des Cairns (in Seillans). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, discover the deep blue sea with Club de Plongee d'Agay, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanque du Petit Caneiret, and kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael attractions planning site.

Getting from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:

Nice

— 9 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: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, stroll through Castel Plage, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 31:

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.