60 days in France Itinerary

60 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 3 nights
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Dijon
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 6 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Fly
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Toulouse
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Blois
— 6 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Amiens
— 3 nights
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Reims
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Colmar

— 3 nights

Little Venice

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee du Jouet and Maison Pfister. Venture out of the city with trips to Mulhouse (Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer & Cite de l'Automobile) and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden and don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colmar journey tool.

Sydney, Australia to Colmar is an approximately 26.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Colmar: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Dijon

— 4 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon and Mémorial Charles De Gaulle. Explore Dijon's surroundings by going to La Citadelle de Besancon (in Besancon) and Abbaye de Fontenay (in Montbard). Dedicate the 7th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, stop by La Cave du Chaignot, make a trip to Place de la Liberation, and stroll through Owl's Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dijon online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Colmar to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Dijon, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:

Lyon

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Renaissance Du Vieux Lyon and Institut & Musee Lumiere. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe (in Aiguilhe), Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lac du Bourget, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online visit planner.

You can drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Lyon, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:

Marseille

— 6 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Parc Olbius-Riquier and Chateau La Coste en Provence. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac (in Orgnac-l'Aven), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Rocher des Doms (in Avignon). Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and visit The Panier.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, Marseille is somewhat warmer than Lyon - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Explore hidden gems such as Abbaye de Montmajour and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach. Explore Arles' surroundings by going to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, &more) and Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Arles trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Marseille in December, plan for slightly colder days in Arles, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Toulouse.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Toulouse

— 4 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pont Neuf and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Eglise Saint-Nazaire (in Carcassonne Center), Paroisse Saint Nazaire (in Beziers) and Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse road trip website.

Fly from Arles to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 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 hidden gems such as Chateau de Bridoire and Grottes de Lacave. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier), Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux) and Oradour-sur-Glane (in Oradour-sur-Glane). There's lots more to do: trek along Chemin de Halage, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, admire the striking features of Gare de Limoges, and make a trip to Chateau de Beynac.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda route website.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Bordeaux

— 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Pont du Diable and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Towers of La Rochelle (in La Rochelle), Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont (in Talmont sur Gironde) and Parc de la Coccinelle (in Gujan-Mestras). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public, make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip app.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Blois.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Blois

— 6 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Get out of town with these interesting Blois side-trips: Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Valencay, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale De Bourges, take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes, and admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Blois itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Blois takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Blois can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abbaye de Beauport and Les Remparts de Dinan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Cap Fréhel (in Plevenon) and Parc du Thabor (in Rennes). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, and make a trip to Centre Historique.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Blois to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Bayeux

— 5 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: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Sanctuaire Sainte Therese (in Ville de Lisieux) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph, make a trip to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Amiens

— 3 nights

City of Canals

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Thiepval Memorial and St-Leu. Get out of town with these interesting Amiens side-trips: Carriere Wellington (in Arras), Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert) and Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read Amiens holiday planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Amiens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Amiens

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Reims

— 5 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palais du Tau and Verdun Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Reims: Œuvre de la cathédrale (in Metz), Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille (in Lille) and Moet et Chandon (in Epernay). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, see the interesting displays at Musée du Louvre-Lens, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Saint-Remi, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Reims travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Reims takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 28th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

France travel guide

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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.