13 days in Canada & Europe Itinerary

13 days in Canada & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Canada
1
Montreal, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
2
La Rochelle, France
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
3
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Avignon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Montreal, Canada

3
nights
Montreal, Canada

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Get some historical perspective at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and AURA Basilique. We've included these beaches for you: Tessier Beach and Plage Municipale de Rawdon. Change things up with these side-trips from Montreal: Omega Park (in Montebello) and Calvaire D'Huberdeau (in Huberdeau). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Port of Montreal, walk around Mount Royal Park, take in the history at Place Jacques-Cartier, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreal online trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Montreal International (Mirabel) Airport. In July in Montreal, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Montreal

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Omega Park, Plage Municipale de Rawdon, Calvaire D'Huberdeau, Tessier Beach
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Old Port of Montreal ©
Old Port of Montreal
Omega Park ©
Omega Park
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal ©
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

1
night
La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Montreal to La Rochelle takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to La Rochelle is 6 hours. In July, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Phare des Baleines
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip maker site.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from La Rochelle in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Roman Theatre of Orange and Palais des Papes. Explore hidden gems such as Gorges de l'Ardeche and La Ferme aux Crocodiles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles).

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Avignon day trip website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, La Ferme aux Crocodiles, Roman Theatre of Orange, Gorges de l'Ardeche, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
La Ferme aux Crocodiles ©
La Ferme aux Crocodiles

1
night
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 13th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, then take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo tour app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Monte-Carlo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in July, expect nights in Monte-Carlo to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ©
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Casino Square ©
Casino Square
Monte Carlo Harbor ©
Monte Carlo Harbor

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Villa Borghese, then ponder the design of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, and then take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rome vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Monte-Carlo to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Monte-Carlo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Square
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Villa Borghese ©
Villa Borghese
Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli ©
Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
St. Peter's Square ©
St. Peter's Square

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