59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Paris — 7 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: Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in June, expect Paris to be much colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Bayeux road trip planning site.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Bayeux, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to Pointe du Grouin du Sud. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then steep yourself in history at Mont Saint-Michel.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel visit site.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Room Escape Games (in Annemasse), Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, pause for some photo ops at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon route planner.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in June, with highs in Lyon at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Nice.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Cannes (La Croisette, Le Suquet, &more). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, see some colorful creatures with Be Free 2 Dive, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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Fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in June, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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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: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres) and Collobrieres (Chartreuse de la Verne & Confiserie Azureenne). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Plage Des Brouis, see the vivid underwater world at Le Cap Lardier, and trek along La Pointe de l'Aiguille.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be slightly colder, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.
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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: La Ciotat (Scuba & Snorkeling & Route des Cretes), Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and Trolib (in Cassis). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and relax in the rural setting at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille online visit planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to 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 your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Avignon.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Les Barons Perches (in Nyons), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon day trip planning app.

Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Avignon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Musee des Augustins (in Toulouse) and Terre Liquide (in Mons). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, admire the local landmark of Place Carnot, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne vacation builder website.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 7 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: Bergerac Wine Tours (in Eymet), Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac) and Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Commarque, and don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda online travel planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carcassonne in July since evenings lows in Sarlat-la-Caneda dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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