59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 11 nights
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Hyeres
— 8 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 7 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 7 nights
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Paris
— 10 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Beaune (La Voie des Vignes & La Cave de l'Ange Gardien), Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble & Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere) and Hotel-Dieu-Musee Greuze (in Tournus). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Lyon. In October, daytime highs in Lyon are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Antibes (Musee Picasso, Paddling in Antibes, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

Plan trip to Nice with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Lyon to Nice by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 8 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 find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), Saint-Tropez (Chapelle Sainte-Anne, Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, &more) and Bandol (Sentier Littoral & Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Dune La Londe, hike along Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Kelys, and pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame De Constance.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hyeres online vacation planner.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. October in Hyeres sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Port de Cassis (in Cassis), La Ciotat (La Calanque de Figuerolles & Musee des Chantiers Naval) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 1st (Mon) 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, explore the world behind art at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nimes (Jardins de la Fontaine & La Maison Carree), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Musee Albert-Andre (in Bagnols-sur-Ceze). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and trek along Le Sentier des Ocres.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Avignon, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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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: Golf d'Aigueleze (in Rivieres) and Toulouse (Le Capitole, Church of Les Jacobins, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 10 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in November, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to La Compagnie des Terroirs in Caen, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Omaha Beach, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux travel route builder.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip app.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough 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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