58 days in France Itinerary

58 days in France Itinerary

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Le Mans City
— 4 nights
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Angers
— 4 nights
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Nantes
— 5 nights
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La Rochelle
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
— 7 nights
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Montauban
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
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Metz
— 1 night
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Reims
— 3 nights
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Paris
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Le Mans City — 4 nights

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Abbaye Royale de L'Epau and Musee de Tesse. Get some historical perspective at Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans and Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Montligeon. Change things up with these side-trips from Le Mans City: Eglise Notre Dame des Marais (in La Ferte-Bernard), Chateau de Sassy (in Saint-Christophe-le-Jajolet) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees (in Sees). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Montmirail, look for gifts at Palais des Thes, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Le Mans City holiday planning tool.

Paris to Le Mans City is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Angers.
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Angers — 4 nights

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Lurcat and Ackerman. Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers and Chateau du Plessis-Bourre will appeal to history buffs. Explore Angers' surroundings by going to Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres (in Doue-la-Fontaine), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Le Puy-Notre-Dame) and Saumur (Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saumur & Pierre et Lumiere). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Place du Ralliement, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Mail, and explore the world behind art at Galerie David d'Angers.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Angers travel site.

You can drive from Le Mans City to Angers in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nantes.
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Nantes — 5 nights

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naia Museum and Chateau de Tiffauges. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Logis de la Chabotterie and Musee d'Arts de Nantes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye (in Rochefort en Terre) and Cite Medievale (in Clisson). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Le Maille-Breze, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Croix, steep yourself in history at Porte Saint-Pierre, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Jules Verne.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nantes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Angers to Nantes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You will leave for La Rochelle on the 15th (Thu).
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La Rochelle — 5 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fort Vauban and Chateau de La Roche-Courbon. Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Porte de la Grosse-Horloge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Musee De l' ancienne ecole De Medecine Navale (in Rochefort) and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Saintes). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Sauveur.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Rochelle online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nantes to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will leave for Bordeaux on the 20th (Tue).
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Bordeaux — 7 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Port de la Lune and Eglise Sainte-Croix. Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron and Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Chateau Leognan (in Leognan), Saint-Emilion (Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret & Chateau Beaurang) and Chateau Les Chaumes (in Fours). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), awaken your taste buds at DMjWineworks, admire the masterpieces at La Vieille Eglise Saint-Vincent Merignac, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Saint Ahon.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bordeaux when traveling from La Rochelle in December, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montauban.
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Montauban — 1 night

Montauban is a commune in the Tarn-et-Garonne department in the Occitanie region in southern France. On the 27th (Tue), try out the rides at Escape Game S Room Agency, then get to know the fascinating history of Abbaye de Belleperche, and then see the interesting displays at Archeodeco Boutique des Musees.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Montauban online vacation planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Montauban in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will leave for Carcassonne on the 28th (Wed).
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Carcassonne — 6 nights

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 some cultural insight at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Porte Narbonnaise. Popular historic sites such as Eglise Notre-Dame and La Cite Medievale are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Mirepoix (Place Marechal Leclerc & Bastide de Mirepoix), Cathedrale Sainte-Eulalie-et-Sainte-Julie d'Elne (in Elne) and Chapelle Saint-Vincent (in Collioure). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, and make a trip to Eglise Heptagonale Sainte Marie.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip builder website.

You can drive from Montauban to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilique Saint Pierre and Palais du Roure are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Place Des Carmes. Step out of Avignon with an excursion to Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet in Fontvieille--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Agricol, and steep yourself in history at Place Crillon.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon day trip planning website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 1 night

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
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Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Marseille sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. You'll set off for Nice on the 7th (Sat).
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Nice — 4 nights

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 some historical perspective at Eglise De Sainte Jeanne D'arc and La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul. Église Saint Veran and Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chapelle de Notre-Dame de Vie (in Mougins) and Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita, examine the collection at Les Musees de La Citadelle, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and walk around Parc d'Estienne d'Orves.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nice day trip app.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 6 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Saint Nizier and Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc. Get some historical perspective at Cite Medievale de Conflans and Eglise Saint Georges. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Grenoble (Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum & Musee de l'Ancien Eveche), Musee Opinel (in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne) and Musee de la Galoche (in Virieu). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Maison des Canuts, get in on the family fun at AviaSim Lyon, head outdoors with Cyclo City Tours, and admire the striking features of Traboule et Cour des Voraces.

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

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in January, things will get slightly colder in Lyon: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon — 2 nights

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at OEnotheque Dufouleur Freres, steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Michel de Dijon, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Dijon online trip builder.

Getting from Lyon to Dijon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in January, you will find days in Dijon are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 4 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Kaysersberg and Eglise Sainte-Foy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Neustadt and Basilique Notre-Dame de Marienthal. When in Strasbourg, make a side trip to see Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster in Ebersmunster, approximately Ebersmunster away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, take a memorable excursion with Steph-On-Tour, see the interesting displays at Pixel Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Wurth France Erstein.

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Traveling by train from Dijon to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Metz.
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Metz — 1 night

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Quartier Imperial, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Martin, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Segolene. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Nicholas de Port, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Metz day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Metz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Metz can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Reims.
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Reims — 3 nights

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Gobert Vincent, examine the collection at Pressoria - Voyage sensoriel au coeur du champagne, and then examine the collection at Planetarium. Keep things going the next day: stop by Cave des Sacres, slough off your stress at KineOspa, then contemplate the long history of Square Des Cordeliers, and finally see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Reims trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Metz to Reims in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Paris.
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Paris — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the galleries of National Archives and then don't miss a visit to Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from Reims to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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