60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Annecy
— 5 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Montpellier
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Cassis
— 3 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Castellane
— 6 nights
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Paris

— 6 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.
Visiting Seine River and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planning tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Paris, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a train to Annecy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Annecy

— 5 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get in touch with nature at Reve d'Eau and La Tournette. Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to La tourbiere de Prenovel (in Prenovel), Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac (in Doussard) and Les Pertes de le Valserine (in Bellegarde sur Valserine). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, head outdoors with Go & Sea, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Annecy trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Annecy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 5 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Visiting Aiguille du Midi and La Jonction will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Col du Joly (in Hauteluce), Megeve Raquettes (in Megeve) and Via Ferrata de la Curalla (in Plateau d'Assy). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, head outdoors with Lac Bleu, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chamonix, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Montpellier

— 6 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Get in touch with nature at Terre Liquide and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montpellier: Domaine Preignes Le Vieux (in Vias), Terre Marine (in Cap-d'Agde) and Plage des Trois Digues (in Sete). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, admire the sheer force of Source du Frejo, stroll around Maison de la Nature, and head outdoors with Vue d'en Haut.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Montpellier tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Chamonix to Montpellier in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Navivoile and Mount Perdu. Venture out of the city with trips to Canal de Jonction (in Salleles-d'Aude), VeloMondo (in Leran) and La Plage du Rouet de La Palme (in La Palme). There's much more to do: get outside with Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises, Head underground at Grotte de Niaux, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and get a dose of the wild on Exploration Pyreneenne.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne day trip tool.

You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Visiting Base Canyon de la Besorgues and Le Sentier des Ocres will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Marseille (Le Vieux Port, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more), Balmes de Montbrun (in Saint-Gineis-en-Coiron) and GEO Ardeche Canyon (in Aubenas). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Escale Aventure, head outdoors with Vacanisport, take some stellar pictures from Grotte de la Salamandre, and take in the dramatic natural features at Colorado Provencal.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Cassis.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cassis

— 3 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Get in touch with nature at Trolib and Atlantide. Explore Cassis' surroundings by going to Bandol (Foret de Roustagnon & Sentier Littoral), Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet) and Giens (Presqu'ile de Giens & MF Kite). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Grande Mer, head outdoors with Cape Canaille, and kick back and relax at Plage de la Coudouliere.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cassis trip builder app.

Take a train from Avignon to Cassis in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Cassis sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 6 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get outdoors at Dune La Londe and Tahiti Plage. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer), La Londe Les Maures (Plage du Pellegrin & Plage de L'Argentiere) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Lemoine Jet Location, Plage de la Faviere, &more). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Cap Taillat, cruise along Cap Camarat, look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage noire du Langoustier.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cassis to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Visiting TakSea and Forcerie Vial will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Theoule sur Mer (La Pointe de l'Aiguille & Plage le Magellan) and Lac de Saint-Cassien (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and head outdoors with Jets'Cool.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Easy Dive and Castel Plage. Venture out of the city with trips to Pitchoun Forest (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Antibes (Chapelle de la Garoupe, Plage des Ondes, &more) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Mt Boron, stop by Le Suquet, and shop like a local with Rue d'Antibes.

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

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Castellane

— 6 nights
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Get outdoors at Verdon Xp & The Funny Helmets and Route des Cretes La Palud. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castellane: L'Imbut (in Aiguines), Verdon Escalade (in La Palud sur Verdon) and Gorges de Daluis (in Guillaumes). There's much more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Presbytère, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Verdon, and get outside with Tete de la Sestriere.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Castellane driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nice to Castellane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Castellane: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.