59 days in France Itinerary

59 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 9 nights
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly to Lyon, Shuttle to Macot-la-Plagne
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 7 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 7 nights
Drive
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Morzine
— 7 nights
Fly
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Cauterets
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Nice
— 12 nights
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Paris

— 9 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris travel route planner.

Ile d'Orleans, Canada to Paris 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. February in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 12:

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 13th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at 1 Air de Zen.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Etretat online trip maker.

Getting from Paris to Etretat by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 14th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel road trip site.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Macot-la-Plagne

— 7 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Tignes (Sentier Botanique & The Development Centre - Tignes), Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere (in Val d'Isere) and ESF Val Cenis (in Lanslevillard).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Macot-la-Plagne vacation planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Mont-Saint-Michel to Macot-la-Plagne in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Macot-la-Plagne are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 21:

Chamonix

— 7 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Ferme de l'Aberieux (in Cordon), Loisirs Assis Evasion (in Passy) and Megeve (Mont d'Arbois Ski Area, Aperigloo Megeve, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, examine the collection at Crystal Museum, and find something for the whole family at Domaine des Planards.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Chamonix in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Morzine.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 28:

Morzine

— 7 nights
Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Morzine: Xtreme Glisses (in Samoens), Sport 2000 Auben Ski (in Morillon) and Praz de Lys Sommand (in Taninges). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Easy 2 Ride Ski and Snowboard Academy, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, ski along the peaceful trails at Station de Ski Hirmentaz - Bellevaux, and stroll through Billski Ski School.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Morzine holiday website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Morzine in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Morzine are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cauterets.

Things to do in Morzine

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 7:

Cauterets

— 2 nights
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
On the 8th (Tue), get outside with Caminando and then hike along Pont d'Espagne. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Station de Ski Luz Ardiden and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise des Templiers.

To plan Cauterets vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Morzine to Cauterets by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Cauterets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Golf de Roquebrune Resort & Les 3 Croix du Rocher), Tanneron (Massif du Tanneron & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois) and Cogolin (Sentier Botanique & Sentier des Cretes). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, examine the collection at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan my day in Saint-Raphael using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Cauterets to Saint-Raphael takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Marseille

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ballon 2 Rouge (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Cassis (Trolib & Cape Canaille). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, examine the collection at Musee Granet, indulge in some personalized pampering at Villa des Flo, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marseille online holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 21:

Nice

— 12 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Antibes (Chapelle de la Garoupe, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Nice online trip builder.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — Apr 2:

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.