60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Reims
— 5 nights
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Nancy
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg
— 6 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 12 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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La Rochelle
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Etretat
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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Reims

— 5 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Notre Dame de Mont-devant-Sassey (in Mont-devant-Sassey), Arras (Heroes Square, Grand Place, &more) and Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille (in Lille). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, savor the flavors at Cite du Champagne, steep yourself in history at Ouvrage de La Ferte, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Reims travel app.

Exeter, UK to Reims is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Traveling from Exeter to Reims, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Reims sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Nancy.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Nancy

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Venture out of the city with trips to Metz (Palais du Gouverneur de Metz, Œuvre de la cathédrale, &more), Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial (in Saint-Avold) and Chemin Historique (in Creutzwald). There's much more to do: make a trip to Place Stanislas, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum-Aquarium de Nancy, explore the world behind art at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, and admire the local landmark of Place Duroc.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nancy online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Reims to Nancy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Nancy, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Holtzwihr Memorial to Audie Murphy (in Holtzwihr), Turckheim (Cave de Turckheim & Vieille Ville de Turckheim) and Colmar (Grand Rue De Colmar & Parc Attractions Haut Rhin). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, wander the streets of La Petite France, and admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

Make your Strasbourg itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Nancy to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois, Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, &more), Boulangerie (in Barraux) and Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Tours · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Nice

— 12 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Menton (Cimetiere du Trabuquet, Basilica St. Michel, &more), Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Nice is a bit warmer than Lyon - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and visit Cours Mirabeau.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: S Room Agency (in Montauban), Toulouse (Sena Fromager, Le Riad du Bien etre, &more) and Perpignan (Castillet & Cathedrale St-Jean). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Theme Parks

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 1 night

White City

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.
On the 12th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Priorale Saint Pierre, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

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

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to La Rochelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Getting from La Rochelle to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), La Compagnie des Terroirs (in Caen) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bayeux day trip site.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), then relax and rejuvenate at 1 Air de Zen, then make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, and finally get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Etretat trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Honfleur (Pont de Normandie, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more), Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more) and Samaris (in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge, and make a trip to Vieux Rouen.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rouen trip itinerary website.

Drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Monument au General Hoche). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows 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 Trip

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.