60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
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Marseille
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Lyon
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Strasbourg
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Nantes
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Toulouse
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Lille
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Biarritz
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Avignon
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Colmar
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Carcassonne
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Rouen
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Aix-en-Provence
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Paris
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Nice
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Bordeaux — 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Padel Touch (in La Teste-de-Buch) and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, Head underground at Lascaux Caves 4, steep yourself in history at Parc Le Bournat, and make a trip to The Water Mirror.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planner.

Alexandria, Egypt to Bordeaux is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alexandria to Bordeaux due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Alexandria in September, expect Bordeaux to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Sea Adventure (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), La Ciotat (Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, Musee des Chantiers Naval, &more) and Cassis (Bestouan Beach, Cape Canaille, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and trek along Sentier Littoral.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Marseille driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Lac du Bourget (in Aix-les-Bains), Annecy (Lake Annecy & La Vieille Ville) and Go & Sea (in Chene-en-Semine). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, head outdoors with Cyclo City Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lyon day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marseille in September, with highs in Lyon at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Cascade du Hohwald (in Le Hohwald) and Les 2CV de la Bruche (in Saulxures). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and steep yourself in history at Fort de Mutzig.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Strasbourg road trip planning website.

You can fly from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nantes.
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Nantes — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Rochelle (Aquarium La Rochelle, Vieux Port, &more), Golf de l'Ile d'Or (in Oree d'Anjou) and Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses). Spend the 7th (Fri) in the animal kingdom at Bioparc - Zoo de Doue la Fontaine. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, kick back and relax at Plage Saint-Colomban, get interesting insight from Centre de plongee H2JO, and delve into the distant past at Carnac stones.

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Fly from Strasbourg to Nantes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Pont du Diable (in Montoulieu) and Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, take a memorable tour with Atlantide Plongee, and contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Toulouse day trip tool.

Fly from Nantes to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lille.
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Lille — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
On the 11th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at La Grande Braderie de Lille, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, then don't miss a visit to Grande Place, and finally take a stroll through Vieux-Lille.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lille travel planning site.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Lille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Toulouse in October, you will find days in Lille are a bit cooler (18°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Biarritz.
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Biarritz — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray), Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port (in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port). The adventure continues: step aboard Hermione - La Fayette, enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, take in the waterfront at Promenade Jacques Thibaud, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lille to Biarritz by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lille in October; daily highs in Biarritz reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Avignon.
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Avignon — 4 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 Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Musee Fabre (in Montpellier). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, stroll around Les Barons Perches, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Avignon road trip planning site.

Getting from Biarritz to Avignon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Colmar.
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Colmar — 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colmar: Le batelier du Ried (in Muttersholtz), La Volerie des Aigles (in Kintzheim) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Gazon du Faing, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac des Truites, head outdoors with Route des Cretes, and trek along Route des Vins d'Alsace.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colmar route planner.

You can fly from Avignon to Colmar in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, Colmar is slightly colder than Avignon - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Sidobre (in Lacrouzette), Perpignan (Room Escape Games & Cathedrale St-Jean) and Cap-d'Agde (Plage de la Grande Conque & L'As Jump Blob jump). Next up on the itinerary: visit Cité de Carcassonne, kick back and relax at La Plagette, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne day trip tool.

You can fly from Colmar to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Colmar in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Carcassonne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rouen.
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Rouen — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Etretat (Porte d’Aval & Falaises d'Etretat), Bayeux (Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, &more) and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema (in Arromanches-les-Bains). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, make a trip to Parlement de Normandie, explore the galleries of Fondation Claude Monet, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rouen trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Carcassonne to Rouen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in October, expect Rouen to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Le Glof (in Ollieres), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Montagne de Lure (in Saint-Etienne-les-Orgues). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, ride a horse along La Mene, and wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence trip website.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Rouen to Aix-en-Provence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rouen in October, with highs in Aix-en-Provence at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Aix-en-Provence to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in November, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 12°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Nice — 6 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: Antibes (Spas & Wellness & Musee Picasso), Mairie de le Cannet (in Le Cannet) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice journey maker site.

Fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Nice is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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