33 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

33 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 10 nights
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Caen, France
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Amboise, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne, France
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
— 1 night
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Colmar, France
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
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Nancy, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 4 nights

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Paris, France — 10 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Rouen (Parlement de Normandie, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, don't miss a visit to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Caen.
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Caen, France — 1 night

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Caen trip builder.

Drive from Paris to Caen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in July, expect Caen to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): cool off at Alligator Bay, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. July in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Amboise.
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Amboise, France — 1 night

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Mini-Châteaux Val de Loire and then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amboise travel route app.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Amboise in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Amboise, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac, and then take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux holiday planner.

You can take a train from Amboise to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and then learn about winemaking at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Avignon road trip site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 22nd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Musee Granet and then make a trip to Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence attractions planner.

Drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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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 24th (Mon): head off the coast to Ile de Bendor, get a new perspective on things with Atlantide, and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip builder tool.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 1 night

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 26th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally make a trip to Casino Square.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Monte-Carlo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Marseille to Monte-Carlo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in July, expect nights in Monte-Carlo to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 2 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.
On the 27th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marineland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Place Massena, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and finally take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In July, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Lyon, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then step off the mainland to explore Ile des Cygnes.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Annecy trip planning app.

Drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly to Colmar.
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Colmar, France

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.
To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Colmar holiday tool.

You can fly from Annecy to Colmar in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Colmar, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll set off for Strasbourg on the 31st (Mon).
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): make a trip to Barrage Vauban, wander the streets of La Petite France, then admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, and finally walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg day trip planning website.

Getting from Colmar to Strasbourg by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Nancy.
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Nancy, France — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, then don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas, then walk around Parc de la Pepiniere, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Museum-Aquarium de Nancy.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nancy trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Nancy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Nancy are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. See even more of Paris: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris visit planning website.

You can take a train from Nancy to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus.
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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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