15 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

15 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 2 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 off the beaten path and head to Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning site.

Seoul, South Korea to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Seoul in October, plan for little chillier nights in Paris, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Carcassonne, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: highs in Carcassonne hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

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 28th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre, explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and then take some stellar pictures from Mont St-Clair.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Montpellier trip maker website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Romanite, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Avignon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

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Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature
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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 2nd (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor, then explore the galleries of The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Monte-Carlo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nice online travel route planner.

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In November in Nice, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Lyon, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get in on the family fun at AviaSim Lyon, then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, then get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

Fly from Nice to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in November; daily highs in Lyon reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Monaco travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.