59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Tours
— 6 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
Drive
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Etretat
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Biarritz
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Nice
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Paris — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, make a trip to Louvre Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

Madrid, Spain to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in April, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tours.
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Tours — 6 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tours: Amboise (Chateau Royal d'Amboise & Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci), Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois) and Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux). Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope. Spend the 8th (Wed) in the animal kingdom at ZooParc de Beauval. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tours vacation planner.

Take a train from Paris to Tours in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tours are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Find places to stay May 4 — 10:

Bayeux — 6 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux online travel planner.

Drive from Tours to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Etretat.
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Find places to stay May 10 — 16:

Etretat — 5 nights

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Etretat: Ville de Lisieux (Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, Les Buissonnets, &more), Cerza (in Hermival-les-Vaux) and patrick Bradfer - Chocolatier (in Beaumont-en-Auge). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises d'Etretat, see the interesting displays at Le Clos Arsene Lupin, don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, and take some stellar pictures from Cap Fagnet.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Etretat online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Etretat are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

Rouen — 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens & Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens), Chateau d'Etelan (in Saint-Maurice-d’Etelan) and Chateau d'Harcourt (in Harcourt). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rouen vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rouen are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Biarritz.
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Biarritz — 6 nights

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Biarritz: Eglise Saint-Pierre (in Banca), Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and Le Parc Aventure Oihana (in Urrugne). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, make a trip to Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Cote des Basques.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip maker tool.

You can fly from Rouen to Biarritz in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rouen in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Biarritz, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Avignon.
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Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 2:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary website.

Getting from Biarritz to Avignon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Biarritz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 8:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Cours Mirabeau, &more). Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Chateau d'If, contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, and take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Marseille, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:

Saint-Raphael — 3 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 Galerie Regard (in Sainte-Maxime), St. Tropez Harbor (in Saint-Tropez) and Grimaud (Port Grimaud & Chateau de Grimaud). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, and cool off at Aqualand Frejus.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Villa Eilenroc, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more) and Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 25:

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.
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