60 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Bayeux
— 6 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Rouen — 6 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat), Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more) and Amiens (Maison de Jules Verne, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, cast your line with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and see the interesting displays at Musee Secq des Tournelles.

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George, South Africa to Rouen is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from George to Rouen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from George in April, expect Rouen to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 6 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Ranville (Cimetières Militaires & Pegasus Memorial) and Cap Carteret (in Barneville-Carteret). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, head outdoors with Omaha Beach, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux journey planning site.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 3 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mont-Saint-Michel: Parc Regional Basse Normandie (in Domfront), L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie (in Saint-Jean-le-Thomas) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, don't miss a visit to Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planning website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere (in Grenoble), Room Escape Games (in Valence) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Les Jardins du MIP (in Mouans-Sartoux), Le Suquet (in Cannes) and Antibes (Villa Eilenroc, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more). Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planning app.

Fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Nice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Cassis (Centre Spa, Trolib, &more), Six-Fours-les-Plages (Notre Dame du Mai, Room Escape Games, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence), Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Room Escape Games, &more), Cave de Labastide (in Labastide-de-Levis) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Carnot, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and Head underground at Grotte de Niaux.

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

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 6 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Sarlat-la-Caneda sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly back 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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