17 days in Zurich, France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

17 days in Zurich, France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Bayeux, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Rouen, France
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Chapel Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, visit Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planning tool.

Boston, USA to Zurich is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Boston in June, Zurich is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Nice, France

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

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Traveling by flight from Zurich to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Monaco-Ville, Monaco

— 1 night
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Princess Grace Botanical Garden, step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, then make a trip to Place du Palais, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monaco-Ville trip site.

Monaco-Ville is very close to Nice. In June in Monaco-Ville, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Parks · Historic Sites
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Marseille, France

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then wander the streets of The Panier, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monaco-Ville to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Monaco-Ville, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 14th (Tue), stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Marseille to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in June, with highs in Mont-Saint-Michel at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Bayeux, France

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Musee D-Day Omaha, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Bayeux are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris travel site.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Paris sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

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Rouen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Secq des Tournelles.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rouen day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in June: highs in Rouen hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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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.