60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Albi
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Lourdes
— 4 nights
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Fontainebleau
— 4 nights
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Honfleur
— 6 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Paris
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Lyon

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee Miniature et Cinema and Musee de Grenoble. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colline de Fourviere and Théâtre gallo-romain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors), Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Archaeological Museum) and Resonance Canyon (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lyon route planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lyon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lyon is 4 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, things will get cooler in Lyon: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 4 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Explore hidden gems such as Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran and Chateau de Grignan. Popular historic sites such as Abbaye de Mazan and Forteresse de Mornas are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Vallon-Pont-d'Arc side-trips: Terres d'ecriture (in Grignan), Safari Souterrain Speleo (in Cendras) and La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Ventoux, steep yourself in history at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc vacation planner.

Drive from Lyon to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Tarascon and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Espace Georges Brassens and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Explore Arles' surroundings by going to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée), La Maison du Guide de Camargue (in Montcalm) and Nimes (Tour Magne & Jardins de la Fontaine). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, and admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arles visit planner.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Arles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Arles are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

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.
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Musee Granet will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Rade de Toulon (in Toulon), Trolib (in Cassis) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip maker.

Getting from Arles to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:

Nice

— 7 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 a sense of the local culture at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Chapelle de la Garoupe), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserve Biologique des Monts d'Azur, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos.

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

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Albi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:

Albi

— 4 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Cenevieres and Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie. Get out of town with these interesting Albi side-trips: S Room Agency (in Montauban), Village de Conques (in Conques) and Pont Valentre (in Cahors). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, step into the grandiose world of Forteresse de Najac, examine the collection at Musee Soulages Rodez, and get curious at Grotte du Pech-Merle.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Albi trip planner.

Fly from Nice to Albi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in January, things will get a bit cooler in Albi: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Carcassonne

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Queribus and Chateau Comtal. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathar Castles and Fondation Bemberg. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse), Aeroscopia (in Blagnac) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just, and contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne holiday website.

Traveling by car from Albi to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:

Lourdes

— 4 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Appreciate the collections at Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Château de Pau. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Sainte Marie and Grotte de Massabielle. Change things up with these side-trips from Lourdes: Cauterets (Caminando & Pont d'Espagne), Pau (Foret de Bastard & Boulevard des Pyrenees) and Chapelle de Piétat (in Saint-Savin). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lourdes travel route planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Lourdes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 0°C in Lourdes. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Fontainebleau

— 4 nights
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Sainte Madeleine and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Château de Sully-sur-Loire and Briare aqueduct Pont-canal de Briare will appeal to history buffs. Explore Fontainebleau's surroundings by going to Eglise Saint-Germain (in La Ferte-Loupiere), Chablis Vititours (in Chablis) and Eglise Saint Pierre (in Moutiers-en-Puisaye). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, see the interesting displays at Musee Jardin Bourdelle, see the sky in a new way at Uranoscope De l'Ile de France, and take a peaceful walk through Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau).

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fontainebleau trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lourdes to Fontainebleau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lourdes in February, plan for little chillier days in Fontainebleau, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Honfleur.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Honfleur

— 6 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get some cultural insight at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pegasus Memorial and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Explore Honfleur's surroundings by going to Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum), Bayeux ( Bayeux War Cemetery, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, &more) and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe (in La Cambe). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Hommes, and explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Honfleur trip planner.

Getting from Fontainebleau to Honfleur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. February in Honfleur sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 19th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then explore the world behind art at Centre d'Art Contemporain Matmut, and finally contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Jumieges. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee des Traditions Et Arts Normands -, get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine, make a trip to Vieux Rouen, then explore the world behind art at Musee national de l'Education, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip planner.

You can drive from Honfleur to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Rouen are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

Paris

— 9 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Jacquemart-Andre and The Army Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more), Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis (in Crevecoeur-le-Grand) and Amiens (Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens & St-Leu). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — Mar 1:

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.