60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, make a trip to Notre Dame du Cros, and admire the masterpieces at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne attractions planner.

London, UK to Carcassonne is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Carcassonne. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in March: highs in Carcassonne hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Musee du Patrimoine d'Eyragues (in Eyragues), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Golf club de Servanes (in Mouries). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, stop by Moulin a Huile de Barbentane, get your game on at RS ONE Simulations Salle de Jeux en Realite Virtuelle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lafare A Cheval.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Avignon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 26:

Marseille

— 6 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: Cassis (Port de Cassis, Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, &more), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Mystery Games, &more) and La Ciotat (Scuba & Snorkeling, Route des Cretes, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, hike along Foret de Roustagnon, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Aviation, and explore the world behind art at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip site.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 1:

Hyeres

— 6 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Cogolin (Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu & Chateau Des Garcinieres), Grimaud (Chapelle des Penitents & La Mene) and Plage du Pin de Galle (in Le Pradet). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Toulon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Trophyme, and get outside with Sentier sous marin.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hyeres trip builder.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 7:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron), Sainte-Maxime (Zipline, Domaine de La Pierre Plantee, &more) and Golf de Roquebrune Resort (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, stop by Catalan Bougie, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule, and appreciate the history behind Monument aux Morts.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Villa Eilenroc, Le Nomade, &more), Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Cannes (Marche Forville, Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nice trip builder tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in April: highs in Nice hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 19:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 5 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Change things up with these side-trips from Mont-Saint-Michel: Granville (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Pointe du Roc), Pointe D'Agon (in Agon-Coutainville) and Royal Kids (in Saint-Jean-des-Champs). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach of Genets, and see the interesting displays at Musee du poire.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel online day trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in April; daily highs in Mont-Saint-Michel reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

Bayeux

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Des Vagues Et des Mots Librairie (in Ouistreham), Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville) and Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery (in Banneville-la-Campagne). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and learn about winemaking at Calvados Boulard.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 30:

Rouen

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Le neufchatel (in Neufchatel en Bray), Jardin du Mesnil (in Monterolier) and Le Jardin des Sculptures Chateau de Bois Guillbert (in Bois-Guilbert). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and get outside with Le Circuit de Decouverte.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen holiday planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Rouen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Rouen sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 6:

Paris

— 8 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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Le Marais, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay May 6 — 14:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.