38 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

38 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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38 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Beaune, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
4
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  3​h
5
Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Nimes, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
11
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
12
Tours, France
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
13
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Equemauville, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + train + Fly:  17​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): walk around Chateau du Haut Buc, then explore and take pictures at Ferme de Viltain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, and finally appreciate the history behind Les Statues du Parc de Sceaux. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Parc des Felins, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, and then stroll around Square des Poetes.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Paris. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in October, with highs in Paris at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Beaune.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Versailles, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Parc des Felins, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, Les Statues du Parc de Sceaux
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Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups ©
Ferme de Viltain ©
Ferme de Viltain
Chateau du Haut Buc ©
Chateau du Haut Buc

3
nights
Beaune, France

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
On the 7th (Mon), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, then learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then do a tasting at Patriarche Pere & Fils, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Beaune road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Paris to Beaune in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Beaune can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Beaune

Tours Wineries Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
La Cave de l'Ange Gardien ©
La Cave de l'Ange Gardien

2
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
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 9th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Theatre Antique, then stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres, and then explore the ancient world of Village des Bories.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Beaune to Avignon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beaune in October: high temperatures in Avignon hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Arles, Village des Bories, Le Sentier des Ocres
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives), Chapelle Saint-Vincent. (in Irouleguy) and Saint-Etienne (Musee de la mine, Eglise Sainte Marie, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee du Tisserand Dauphinois, find something for the whole family at Walibi Rhone-Alpes, and get to know the resident critters at Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online trip maker .

Take a train from Avignon to Lyon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in October, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Lyon

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Etienne, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Musee du Tisserand Dauphinois, Chapelle Saint-Vincent., Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine
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Walibi Rhone-Alpes ©
Walibi Rhone-Alpes
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Chapelle Saint-Vincent. ©
Chapelle Saint-Vincent.

2
nights
Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Monaco-Ville ©
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Port de Fontvieille, explore the historical opulence of Prince's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Vieux Monaco, then don't miss a visit to Place du Palais, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Monaco-Ville online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Lyon to Monaco-Ville by combination of tram and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monaco-Ville when traveling from Lyon in October, with lows around 17°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Port de Fontvieille
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Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Place du Palais ©
Place du Palais
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee

2
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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 15th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Ile Sainte-Marguerite. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cannes trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Monaco-Ville to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nimes.

Things to do in Cannes

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©

3
nights
Nimes, France

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, pause for some photo ops at La Maison Carree, contemplate the long history of Temple of Diana, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally look for gifts at Toril d'Artistes. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Tour Magne, admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nimes trip planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Nimes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nimes can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nimes

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Arles
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Jardins de la Fontaine ©
Jardins de la Fontaine
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue ©
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
Arenes de Nimes ©
Arenes de Nimes

3
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
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 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Rennes le chateau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Foix, then look for all kinds of wild species at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, and then take in the history at Château de Salses.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Nimes to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll set off for Lourdes on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Reserve Africaine de Sigean, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, Château de Salses, Cathedrale St-Jean, Chateau de Foix
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Reserve Africaine de Sigean ©
Reserve Africaine de Sigean
Cathedrale St-Jean ©
Cathedrale St-Jean
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses

2
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 23rd (Wed), see the sky in a new way at Pic Du Midi. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, browse the exhibits of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Pie X.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lourdes trip planner .

Getting from Carcassonne to Lourdes by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Pic Du Midi
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SARL DU SANCTUAIRE ©
SARL DU SANCTUAIRE
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X

3
nights
Biarritz, France

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 26th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium de Biarritz, then pause for some photo ops at Rocher de la Vierge, then stroll through La Cote des Basques, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Biarritz online vacation planner .

Drive from Lourdes to Biarritz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lourdes in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Biarritz, with lows around 14°C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Plage d'Hendaye, Room Escape Games
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Room Escape Games
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
AviaSim Biarritz ©
AviaSim Biarritz

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
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.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Michel and then don't miss a visit to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Dune du Pilat.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux travel tool .

You can drive from Biarritz to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel to Tours.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Arcachon, Dune du Pilat
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Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux ©
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux
La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver

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nights
Tours, France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 31st (Thu), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique de Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville de Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tours attractions planning website .

Getting from Bordeaux to Tours by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bordeaux in October, plan for little chillier days in Tours, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Tours

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Hotel de Ville de Tours ©
Hotel de Ville de Tours

3
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre, and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, make a trip to Tour Gabriel, make a trip to Barrage sur le Couesnon, make a trip to Grand Degre, then don't miss a visit to Porte du Boulevard, and finally don't miss a visit to La Porte du Roy.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel holiday maker app .

Take a train from Tours to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In November in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Equemauville.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Chateau de Fougeres
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre ©
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre

2
nights
Equemauville, France

Equemauville ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Naturospace.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Equemauville tour builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mont-Saint-Michel to Equemauville. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rouen.

Things to do in Equemauville

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Honfleur
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Notre Dame de Grace ©
Notre Dame de Grace
Le Vieux Bassin ©
Le Vieux Bassin
Saint Catherine's Church ©
Saint Catherine's Church

2
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Place du Vieux-Marche, then steep yourself in history at Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, and finally make a trip to Vieux.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rouen tour itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Equemauville to Rouen with the Route module. In November, daytime highs in Rouen are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Giverny
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

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