58 days in France Itinerary

58 days in France Itinerary

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Troyes
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Beaune
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Chalon-sur-Saone
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Macon
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Vienne
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Avignon
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Aix-en-Provence
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Arles
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Nimes
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Carcassonne
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Leognan
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Arcachon
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Saint-Emilion
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Saint Martin de Re
— 7 nights
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Chinon
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Auxerre
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Troyes

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Musee D'art Moderne, get some fabulous bargains at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Troyes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de L'hotel Juvenal des Ursins, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ruelle des Chats. Keep things going the next day: ponder the design of Le Coeur de Troyes, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Trevois, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon, examine the collection at Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensee Ouvriere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue Rachi Troyes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Urbain.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Troyes trip itinerary builder app.

Exeter, UK to Troyes is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Troyes is 1 hour. In March in Troyes, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Beaune.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Beaune

— 3 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Chateau Corton C. and Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu and La Cave de l'Ange Gardien. Step out of Beaune with an excursion to Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon in Dijon--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Galeries Bartoux Beaune, do a tasting at Olivier Leflaive, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Notre Dame, and look for gifts at Boucherie MORON.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Beaune travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Troyes to Beaune takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Beaune can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chalon-sur-Saone.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Chalon-sur-Saone

— 2 nights
Chalon-sur-Saône is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.It is a sub-prefecture of the department. Get some historical perspective at Abbaye de la Ferte and Abbaye Saint-Philibert. You'll explore and learn at musee Denon and SAS Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Couches in Couches (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Nicephore Niepce, don't miss a visit to Quai des Messageries, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Vincent, and appreciate the history behind Monument aux Morts.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chalon-sur-Saone online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Beaune to Chalon-sur-Saone takes an hour. In March in Chalon-sur-Saone, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Macon.

Things to do in Chalon-sur-Saone

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Macon

— 2 nights
Mâcon, historically anglicized as Mascon, is a small city in east-central France. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee de la Bresse-Domaine des Planons, contemplate the long history of Abbey of Cluny, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vieux Saint-Vincent, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chasselas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee Claude Bernard, savor the flavors at Domaine Le Fagolet-Gite La Girardiere, then see the interesting displays at Hotel-Dieu, then see the interesting displays at Musee Departemental du Compagnonnage, and finally see the interesting displays at Maison du Patrimoine - Musee des Conscrits.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Macon trip planner.

Drive from Chalon-sur-Saone to Macon in an hour. March in Macon sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Vienne.

Things to do in Macon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Vienne

— 2 nights
Vienne is a commune in southeastern France, located 32km south of Lyon, on the river Rhône. On the 12th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Chocolaterie Jouvenal, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Zen, admire the striking features of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, then examine the collection at Musee International de la Chaussure (International Footwear Museum), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Triors. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Musee de l'alambic - Distillerie Jean Gauthier and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vienne driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Macon to Vienne takes 1.5 hours. March in Vienne sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Vienne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Musee Angladon. Popular historic sites such as Pont d'Avignon and Roman Theatre of Orange are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Musee Urgonia (in Orgon), Musee d'Art et d'Histoire (in Orange) and Hotel d'Agar (in Cavaillon). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Palais du Roure, steep yourself in history at Place Crillon, and get a new perspective on nature at Musee Requien.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon road trip planning app.

You can drive from Vienne to Avignon in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In March in Avignon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Paul Cezanne’s Studio and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Fondation Vasarely and Gallifet capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, and steep yourself in history at Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence.

To plan Aix-en-Provence vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Moulin de Daudet, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then examine the collection at Musee des Santons, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, step into the grandiose world of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Major, then explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Arles trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nimes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nimes

— 2 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, examine the collection at Musee de la Romanite, don't miss a visit to Tour Magne, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and finally contemplate the long history of Temple de Diane. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Haribo Museum, then see the interesting displays at Un Siecle de Roulottes, and then view the masterpieces at CACN - Centre d'Art Contemporain de Nimes.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Nimes trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Arles to Nimes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Nimes, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nimes

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Carcassonne

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cité de Carcassonne and Musee des Augustins. Museum-lovers will get to explore La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco and Cite de l'espace. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, and take in the exciting artwork at Cooperative Artisanale de la Cite - Le Vieux Lavoir.

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

Traveling by car from Nimes to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Leognan.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Leognan

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau Haut-Brion as well as Chateau Carbonnieux. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): do a tasting at Chateau Haut-Brion, learn about winemaking at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, indulge your senses at Chateau Carbonnieux, then do a tasting at Chateau Guiraud, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bazas Cathedrale, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Jardin du Chapitre.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Leognan visit planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Leognan by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Leognan can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Arcachon.

Things to do in Leognan

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Arcachon

— 8 nights
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Musee de l'ALAT et de l'Helicoptere and Musee des Forges. La ville d'Hiver and Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Notre Dame (in Dax), Ferme de Brougnon (in Caupenne) and Showroom Xavier Carrere (in Magescq). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat, explore the activities along Bassin d'Arcachon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle de Bouricos, and make a trip to Observatoire Sainte-Cecile.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Arcachon day trip tool.

You can drive from Leognan to Arcachon in an hour. April in Arcachon sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion

— 4 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and La Tour du Chateau du Roy will appeal to history buffs. Chateau Cantenac and Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Saint-Emilion's surroundings by going to Perigueux (Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite, Cathedrale St-Front, &more) and Eglise de Saint Astier (in Saint-Astier). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Chateau Laniote, view the masterpieces at Artisans Createurs a St Emilion, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Pindefleurs.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Emilion holiday planner.

Drive from Arcachon to Saint-Emilion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Saint-Emilion, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint Martin de Re.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re

— 7 nights
Saint-Martin-de-Ré is a commune in the western French department of Charente-Maritime.It is one of the ten communes located on the Île de Ré.HistoryFortificationsSaint-Martin-de-Ré has extensive fortifications, reflecting the strategic importance of the Île de Ré. Get some historical perspective at Phare des Baleines and La Chapelle Sainte-Ursule. Let the collections at Musee Ernest Cognacq and Philippe Deschamps capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Martin de Re: Chatelaillon-Plage (Spas & Plage de Chatelaillon), Ile Madame (in Port-des-Barques) and Fort Enet (in Fouras). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Citadelle Vauban, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Catherine de La Flotte, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Gros Jonc, and putt your heart out at Mini Golf de Saint-Martin-De-Re.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Martin de Re trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Emilion to Saint Martin de Re takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Saint Martin de Re

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Chinon

— 3 nights
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Let the collections at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Chateau de Saumur capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale. Venture out of the city with trips to Domaine des Fremonclairs (in Turquant), Chateau de Breze (in Breze) and Saumur (Musee des Blindes & Le Cadre Noir). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Chateau du Petit Thouars, examine the collection at Les Pommes Tapees, explore the ancient world of Chapelle Sainte Radegonde, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Riviere.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chinon day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Saint Martin de Re to Chinon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Auxerre.

Things to do in Chinon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Auxerre

— 3 nights
Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. Let the collections at Musee Saint-Germain and Salle Eckmuhl capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Église Saint Eusèbe and Orléans Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auxerre: Chateau Ancy-le Franc (in Ancy-le-Franc), Chablis Vititours (in Chablis) and Guédelon (in Treigny). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Clock Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Sainte Madeleine, and sample the fine beverages at Valour-Lemaire.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Auxerre holiday planner.

You can drive from Chinon to Auxerre in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Auxerre are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auxerre

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

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.

Ile de Re travel guide

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Lighthouses · Landmarks · Lookouts