60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Grimaud
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne — 3 nights

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.
When in Carcassonne, make a side trip to see Grotte de Niaux in Niaux, approximately Niaux away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the activities along Lac de Cavayere, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and do a tasting at Chateau Du Donjon.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Carcassonne is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Carcassonne, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
Nature · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:

Avignon — 6 nights

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Golf club de Servanes (in Mouries), Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine (in Vaison-la-Romaine) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon holiday planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 10:

Marseille — 6 nights

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: La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding), Cassis (Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, Saint Michel Church, &more) and Hyeres (Sentier sous marin, Eglise Saint Louis, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille day trip planning site.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grimaud.
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:

Grimaud — 6 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Grimaud: Port du Niel (in Giens), La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & Heraclee Beach) and Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet).

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grimaud trip builder tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Grimaud in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Grimaud can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:

Saint-Raphael — 6 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Les Murs Vegetaux (in Gassin), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Saint-Tropez (Plage des Canebiers, Sentier du Littoral, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, admire the natural beauty at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grimaud to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Nice.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 28:

Nice — 7 nights

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 (Square Mistral, Vieux Port, &more) and Antibes (Fort Carre, Villa Eilenroc, &more). And it doesn't end there: visit Vieille Ville, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, and get great views at Mt Boron.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker site.

You can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 5:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 4 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Change things up with these side-trips from Mont-Saint-Michel: Granville (Les iles Chausey & Pointe du Roc), Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville) and Parc des Forges de Varenne (in Champsecret). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in July: high temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails
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Find places to stay Jul 5 — 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.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Hermanville War Cemetery (in Hermanville-sur-mer), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Ranville (Pegasus Bridge & Pegasus Memorial). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux visit site.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rouen.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:

Rouen — 6 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Honfleur (Galerie Jean Fontan, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more) and Fecamp (Palais Benedictine & Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite)). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, make a trip to Rue Saint-Romain, get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, and learn about winemaking at Calvados Boulard.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rouen trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bayeux to Rouen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
Parks · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games
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Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:

Paris — 7 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Rouen in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:

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.