37 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

37 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Vichy, France
— 2 nights
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Cannes, France
— 2 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Amboise, France
— 3 nights
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Versailles, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 19th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Jardins de l'Europe.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Annecy trip builder site.

Geneva, Switzerland to Annecy is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in December, you will find days in Annecy are somewhat warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Traboules du Vieux Lyon. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at KOEZIO Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Bonaventure, and look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon online route planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vichy.
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Vichy, France — 2 nights

On the 24th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Anne, then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Tournoel, and then look for gifts at Atelier Fusion de Lave. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Les Bords de l'Allier, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Blaise, then take in the natural beauty of Les Sources de Vichy, then pause for some photo ops at Monument aux morts de 14-18 de Vichy, and finally see the interesting displays at CNCS - Centre National du Costume de Scene.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vichy trip tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Vichy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stop by Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands and then wander the streets of Le Suquet.

To find reviews and tourist information, go to the Cannes road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Vichy to Cannes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vichy in December, with highs in Cannes at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 2 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Place du Palais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, pause for some photo ops at Statue of William Grover-Williams, then get a taste of the local shopping with Les 5 Saveurs, then take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor, and finally admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monte-Carlo day trip planning website.

Getting from Cannes to Monte-Carlo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Monte-Carlo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Marineland and Colline du Chateau overlook. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Place Massena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and stop by La Cave de Stephane.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice tour itinerary planner.

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive 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 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques and then stop by La Savonnerie Marseillaise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): wander the streets of The Panier, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): wander the streets of Place Des Carmes, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Tour Magne, delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, and finally make a trip to Place de l'Horloge.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Avignon using our trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in January, Avignon is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 6th (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Planet Ocean Montpellier, wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, then relax and rejuvenate at Hot Yoga Montpellier, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Montpellier day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Toulouse.
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Toulouse, France — 2 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.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then make a trip to Place Saint-Etienne, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Place Savene, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Toulouse day trip tool.

You can drive from Montpellier to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.
Kids will enjoy Room Escape Games and La Grande Dune du Pilat. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Place de la Bourse, admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tour Pey-Berland.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online trip planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Amboise.
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Amboise, France — 3 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kids will appreciate attractions like Chateau Royal d'Amboise and ZooParc de Beauval. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amboise: Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, stop by Galland Epicerie de Terroirs, appreciate the history behind Statue Leonardo da Vinci, and admire the striking features of Tour De L’Horloge.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Amboise sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Amboise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Amboise are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Versailles.
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Versailles, France — 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 17th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, get to know the resident critters at Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry, then admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, then don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, and finally don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles and then don't miss a visit to The Water Parterres.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Versailles online day trip planner.

You can drive from Amboise to Versailles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 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.
Attractions like Louvre Museum and Disneyland Paris make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker.

Getting from Versailles to Paris by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for 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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