60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 6 nights
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Fontainebleau
— 1 night
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Reims
— 5 nights
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Amiens
— 4 nights
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Albi
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Colmar
— 5 nights
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Nice
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Paris — 6 nights

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 hidden gems such as Latin Quarter and La Madeleine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, wander the streets of Montmartre, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online sightseeing planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fontainebleau.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Fontainebleau — 1 night

Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get outside with Evasion Canine, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Fontainebleau, and finally examine the collection at Verrerie d'art.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fontainebleau travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Fontainebleau takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Fontainebleau sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Reims.
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Reims — 5 nights

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Œuvre de la cathédrale and Basilique Saint-Remi. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée du Louvre-Lens and Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille. Change things up with these side-trips from Reims: Metz (Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz & Quartier Imperial), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon (in Laon) and Epernay (Paul-Etienne Saint Germain & Moet et Chandon). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, contemplate the long history of Fort de Vaux, do a tasting at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, and admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Reims tour itinerary app.

Getting from Fontainebleau to Reims by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Reims sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Amiens.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Amiens — 4 nights

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Centre Historique Mnier and Carriere Wellington will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. Get out of town with these interesting Amiens side-trips: Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage), Be Baie (in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme) and Rando Baie de Somme Decouverte (in Favieres). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and wander the streets of St-Leu.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens trip planner.

Traveling by car from Reims to Amiens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 4 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get outdoors at Plage de Trouville and Falaises d'Etretat. Step off the beaten path and head to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Notre Dame de Grace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honfleur: Thalazur Cabourg (in Cabourg), Chemin des Sources Bleues (in Vieux-Port) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, admire the striking features of Palais Benedictine, and snap pictures at Pont de Normandie.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Honfleur online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Honfleur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Ouistreham Beach (in Ouistreham), Pegasus Bridge (in Ranville) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel Bay & Mont Saint-Michel). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Omaha Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

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Traveling by car from Honfleur to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Albi.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Albi — 4 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Musee Soulages Rodez. Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Albi side-trips: Chemin de Halage (in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie), Pont Valentre (in Cahors) and Chateau de Cenevieres (in Cenevieres). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, do a tasting at Cave de Labastide, get a dose of the wild on Angaka Village Nordique, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Albi route app.

Getting from Bayeux to Albi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Albi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Carcassonne — 5 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 a sense of the local culture at O'Vineyards and Chateau Comtal. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Château de Salses and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Domaine Boudau (in Rivesaltes), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Fontfroide.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

Getting from Albi to Carcassonne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer journey planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

Marseille — 5 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais Longchamp and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Get outdoors at Parc National des Calanques and Chateau d'If. Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, Cours Mirabeau, &more), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille online road trip planner.

Getting from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.
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Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:

Val Thorens — 2 nights

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. On the 28th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Maison des Guides et de la Montagne Val Thorens, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Promenade le Lac du Lou, fly down the slopes at Elements Park, then explore the activities along Lac de Tueda, and finally fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Val Thorens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marseille in January; daily highs in Val Thorens reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee Miniature et Cinema and Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors. Appreciate the collections at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble & Room Escape Games), Place de la Liberation (in Dijon) and Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, take an exotic tour of Safari de Peaugres, explore the striking landscape at La Roche de Solutre, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

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Drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Colmar.
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Colmar — 5 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Ancien camp de concentration de Natzweiler-Struthof. Musée d'Unterlinden and Musee du Jouet will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colmar: Domaine Albert Seltz (in Mittelbergheim), Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott) and Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster). There's much more to do: make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, see the interesting displays at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Grand-Rue, and head outdoors with Ecomusee d'Alsace.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colmar trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Colmar by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in February, things will get little chillier in Colmar: highs are around 7°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Nice — 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lérins Islands and Monastère de Cimiez. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Suquet and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Cannes (Marche Forville, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice online travel planner.

Getting from Colmar to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, Nice is somewhat warmer than Colmar - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) 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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