60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Perpignan
— 4 nights
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Montpellier
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Hyeres
— 7 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Nantes
— 6 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Gorges de la Pierre-Lys (in Saint-Martin-Lys), Tourbillon Escape Game Toulouse - Ayguesvives (in Ayguesvives) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, and don't miss a visit to Grotte de Niaux.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne visit planner.

Atlanta, USA to Carcassonne is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Atlanta in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Carcassonne, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Perpignan.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Perpignan

— 4 nights
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Ile Sainte-Lucie (in Port La Nouvelle), Lac Lieu d'Art Contemporain (in Sigean) and Crique du Porteil (in Argeles-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at Escape Dimension La Croisee des Mondes, get a new perspective on things with Cala Croisieres, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier du Littoral, and make a trip to Gorges de la Guillera.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Perpignan trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Perpignan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November in Perpignan, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Perpignan

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Montpellier

— 5 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.
Explore Montpellier's surroundings by going to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau), Parc de Loisirs des Bouscaillous (in Millau) and Cirque de Navacelles (in Saint-Maurice-Navacelles). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at Prizoners Montpellier, relax and rejuvenate at Hot Yoga Montpellier, Head underground at La Grotte des Demoiselles, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St. Pierre.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Perpignan to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Orgnac-l'Aven (Aven Grotte Forestiere & Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Mouries (Golf club de Servanes & Golf de Servanes). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, relax and rejuvenate at CrossFit Des Ponts, trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, and make a trip to La Maison Carree.

Discover how to plan a Avignon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Montpellier to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November in Avignon, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Musee Granet), Cassis (Trolib, Cape Canaille, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marseille online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 7 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres), La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, kick your exploration up a notch at Coudou Parc, stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Littoral.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hyeres trip planning website.

Drive from Marseille to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Nice

— 8 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: Wine Shop Flacons Divins (in Antibes), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: visit Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Nice sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more), Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Theatre en Bord D'o (in Thorigny-sur-Marne). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, make a trip to Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in December, with highs in Paris at 47°F and lows at 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 6 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: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers, Falaises d'Etretat, &more), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, test your team's savvy at Le Hangar à Énigmes, kick back and relax at Promenade Marcel Proust, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online vacation planner.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nantes

— 6 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: La Rochelle (Towers of La Rochelle, Aquarium La Rochelle, &more), Awelys Spa Privatif (in Rennes) and Golf de l'Ile d'Or (in Oree d'Anjou). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at Le Manoir Hermann - L'escape game d'horreur avec comediens, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and find something for the whole family at Puy du Fou.

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

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.