60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Lille
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Lille
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg
— 6 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Paris
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Lille

— 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lille: Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Maison Blanche (in Neuville-Saint-Vaast), Arras (Heroes Square & Grand Place) and Samaris (in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme). On the 4th (Fri), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, and learn about all things military at La Coupole.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lille trip site.

Exeter, UK to Lille is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Lille is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Strasbourg

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town), Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim) and Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy & Place Stanislas). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, indulge your taste buds at VinoRoute - Oenotourisme en Alsace, make a trip to Vieille Ville, and wander the streets of La Petite France.

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You can take a train from Lille to Strasbourg in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Lille in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Strasbourg, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lyon

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Lake Annecy (in Annecy), Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more) and La Fromagerie de Champaret (in Bourgoin Jallieu). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Lyon travel tool.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Marché provençal, Musee Picasso, &more), Notre Dame d‘Afrique (in Theoule sur Mer) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, discover the deep blue sea with Easy Dive, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice travel route builder site.

Fly from Lyon to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Nice is somewhat warmer than Lyon - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: La Ciotat (Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Musee des Chantiers Naval, &more), Bandol (Villa des Flo & Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc National des Calanques, and don't miss a visit to Chateau d'If.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marseille tour planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marseille, with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Dedicate the 1st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, look for gifts at La Miellerie des Garrigues, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

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Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in December, expect Avignon to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Perpignan (Cathedrale St-Jean & Castillet). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): find something for the whole family at S Room Agency, learn about winemaking at Cave de Labastide, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, slough off your stress at Le Riad du Bien etre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse route planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Toulouse sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Biarritz (Cite de l'Ocean & Rocher de la Vierge) and Lascaux II (in Montignac). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, make a trip to Place Parlement, explore the striking landscape at La Grande Dune du Pilat, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Awelys Spa Privatif (in Rennes), Clocher Observatoire (in Saint Martin de Re) and La Rochelle (Aquarium La Rochelle, Towers of La Rochelle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, stop by Epicure Vous Salue, and see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nantes trip planning app.

Drive from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, Pont de Normandie, &more). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip 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 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Paris

— 7 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles & Palace of Versailles). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.