59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

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1
Paris
— 3 nights
2
Versailles
— 3 nights
3
Lille
— 3 nights
4
Metz
— 2 nights
5
Strasbourg
— 3 nights
6
Besancon
— 2 nights
7
Lyon
— 4 nights
8
Marseille
— 4 nights
9
Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
10
Montpellier
— 4 nights
11
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
12
Toulouse
— 4 nights
13
Bordeaux
— 4 nights
14
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
15
Nantes
— 4 nights
16
Bayeux
— 5 nights

3
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Paris

Paris ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc Monceau and Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau) in Fontainebleau--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, make a trip to Place Vendome, stroll around Coulee Verte Rene-Dumont, and take a stroll through Ile Saint-Louis.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning website.

Chicago, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Paris. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Paris at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau)
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Parc Monceau ©
Parc Monceau
Memorial De La Shoah ©
Memorial De La Shoah
1st Arrondissement ©
1st Arrondissement

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Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple de l'Amour and Le Grand Trianon. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Galerie des Carrosses, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles, explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie, and don't miss a visit to Académie Équestre de Versailles.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Versailles using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Versailles are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lille.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles ©
Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles
Temple de l'Amour ©
Temple de l'Amour
Galerie des Carrosses ©
Galerie des Carrosses

3
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Lille

Lille ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like VirtualRoom and AviaSim Lille. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Place aux Oignons, examine the collection at Forum departemental des Sciences, pause for some photo ops at Statue du P'tit Quiquin, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Place du Theatre.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lille online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Lille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Lille are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Metz.

Things to do in Lille

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
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Weembi Simulateur de Chute Libre ©
Weembi Simulateur de Chute Libre
Place aux Oignons ©
Place aux Oignons
Jardin des Geants ©
Jardin des Geants

2
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Metz

Metz ©
Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Le Temple Neuf, soak in style at Turkish baths, thensteep yourself in history at Templar's Chapel, thenhead outdoors with Plan d'Eau de Metz, and finally wander the streets of Place Saint Jacques. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at La Cour d'Or, thenadmire the natural beauty at Jardin des Traces, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Group Fortifications of Aisne.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Metz online day trip planner.

You can drive from Lille to Metz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Metz

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Group Fortifications of Aisne, Jardin des Traces
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Le Temple Neuf ©
Le Temple Neuf
Turkish Baths
La Cour d'Or ©
La Cour d'Or

3
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Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Jardin des Deux Rives and Pixel Museum. The adventure continues: get your game on at Hueco, make a trip to The Europe Bridge, steep yourself in history at La Neustadt, and put a fun spin on your tour with Insolit'Pro.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Strasbourg road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Metz to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Besancon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
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Insolit'Pro ©
Insolit'Pro
Le Jardin des Deux Rives ©
Le Jardin des Deux Rives
Pixel Museum ©
Pixel Museum

2
nights
Besancon

Besancon ©
Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy.
On the 17th (Tue), make a trip to Basilique Saint-Ferjeux, take in panoramic vistas at Fort de Chaudanne, stop by Doubs Direct, browse the fresh offerings at Marche couvert Beaux-Arts, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Champagney, and finally shop like a local with Ateliers Zone Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Promenade Granvelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Square Castan, admire the landmark architecture of Fort de Bregille, thenmake a trip to Synagogue de Besancon, thencontemplate the long history of Place du Huit-Septembre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Besancon trip planner.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Besancon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Besancon are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Besancon

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Basilique Saint-Ferjeux ©
Basilique Saint-Ferjeux
Ateliers Zone Art ©
Ateliers Zone Art
Synagogue de Besancon ©
Synagogue de Besancon

4
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Lyon

Lyon ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Cour des Voraces and Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at DreamAway Lyon, make a trip to Montee De La Grande Cote, admire the striking features of Palais de la Bourse, and see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Lyon tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Besancon to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Lyon, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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I-Reality ©
I-Reality
Cour des Voraces ©
Cour des Voraces
Eglise Saint Nizier ©
Eglise Saint Nizier

4
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Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Regards de Provence and St. Vincent de Paul Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer (in Sanary-sur-Mer) and Hyeres (Chateau d'Hyeres & Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent, don't miss a visit to Basilique du Sacre-Ceour, see the interesting displays at Pavillon M, and put a fun spin on your tour with Map - Marseille & Pistes.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip website.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Marseille sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Fun & Games Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hyeres, Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer
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Map - Marseille & Pistes ©
Map - Marseille & Pistes
Musee Regards de Provence ©
Musee Regards de Provence
St. Vincent de Paul Church ©
St. Vincent de Paul Church

4
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Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore hidden gems such as Promenade de la Torse and Halle aux Grains. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Saint-Esprit, get outside with Lac du Bimont, make a trip to Place d'Albertas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence trip tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte ©
Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte
Promenade de la Torse ©
Promenade de la Torse
Eglise du Saint-Esprit ©
Eglise du Saint-Esprit

4
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Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bertrand Bosc and Aquadukt Saint Clement. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Le Pavillon Populaire, make a trip to Place Jean Jaures, explore the world behind art at l'Atelier musee Fernand MICHEL Arts brut et singulier, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Montpellier road trip planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Montpellier are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums Wineries Historic Sites
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Bertrand Bosc ©
Bertrand Bosc
Le Pavillon Populaire ©
Le Pavillon Populaire
Mad Monkey ©
Mad Monkey

4
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Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Porte D'aude and Eglise St. Vincent. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, examine the collection at Maison de la Truffe d'Occitanie, do a tasting at Chateau Canet, and trek along Mayronnes Sculpture Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne road trip planner.

You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Outdoors Museums Wineries
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Musee des Beaux-Arts ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts
La Porte D'aude ©
La Porte D'aude
Eglise St. Vincent ©
Eglise St. Vincent

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Toulouse

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 hidden gems such as Chapelle des Carmelites and Saint Nicolas Church. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Histoire de la Medecine, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jerome, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Raymond VI.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Toulouse online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Toulouse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Wineries Theme Parks Tours
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Food Tours
Chapelle des Carmelites ©
Chapelle des Carmelites
Musee d'Histoire de la Medecine ©
Musee d'Histoire de la Medecine

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau) and Chateau du Taillan. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Port of the Moon, admire the striking features of Cite Fruges-Le Corbusier, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and ponder the design of Fountain of Three Graces.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux day trip planning tool.

Drive from Toulouse to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Bordeaux sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Prieure de Cayac ©
Prieure de Cayac
Port of the Moon ©
Port of the Moon

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La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Port de Plaisance des Minimes. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Rue Sur-les-Murs, indulge your taste buds at Marche du Centre Ville, wander the streets of Quartier Saint Nicolas, and steep yourself in history at Cathedrale St-Louis (La).

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip builder tool.

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods
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Phare du Bout du Monde ©
Phare du Bout du Monde
Spas
Port de Plaisance des Minimes ©
Port de Plaisance des Minimes

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Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Belem and Basilique Saint Nicolas. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Arts de Nantes, relax in the rural setting at Ferme de la Chasseloire, and admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nantes trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from La Rochelle in April, Nantes is a bit cooler at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums Fun & Games Parks
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Musee de l'Imprimerie ©
Musee de l'Imprimerie
Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes ©
Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes
Basilique Saint Nicolas ©
Basilique Saint Nicolas

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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux and Monument des Deportes. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Les Roches de Ham (Point de Vue) (in Brectouville), Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Eglise Saint-Jean (in Caen). There's still lots to do: perfect your strike at Bowling 868 Bayeux, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin de Salome, stroll through Plage de Barneville., and make a trip to Abbey d’Ardenne.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Caen, Les Roches de Ham (Point de Vue), Via Ferrata de Clecy, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Plage de Barneville.
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Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux ©
Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux
Bowling 868 Bayeux ©
Bowling 868 Bayeux
Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche ©
Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche

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