16 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

16 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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Tours, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Paris, France

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.
Popular historic sites such as Arc de Triomphe and Pere-Lachaise Cemetery are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Petit Palais. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Saint-Denis to see Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Quartier Montparnasse, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Natural History, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Vincennes.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online driving holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Paris is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Bayeux, France

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, do a tasting at Vergers De Romilly, examine the collection at Caramels d'Isigny, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Baron Gerard, and finally take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours. On the next day, take in the history at Omaha Beach, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, brush up on your military savvy at Musee D-Day Omaha, then witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and finally play a few rounds at Golf Omaha Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Golf

Side Trips

2
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Tours, France

Garden of 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 8th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Chateau de Villandry, step into the grandiose world of Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Chateau Gaudrelle, explore the ancient world of Prieure Saint-Cosme - Demeure de Ronsard, then pause for some photo ops at Basilique Saint-Julien, then examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tours day trip website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Tours takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

2
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Lyon, France

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.
On the 10th (Tue), examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, admire the striking features of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, take a stroll through Place des Jacobins, then examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Tours to Lyon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Marseille, France

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 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Musee Regards de Provence, steep yourself in history at Palais du Pharo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally examine the collection at Centre de la Vieille Charite. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Route des Cretes, then head outdoors with Cape Canaille, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally stroll through Plage de la Grande Mer.

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You can take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Nice, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier, steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez, take a stroll through Place Rossetti, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then get outside with Promenade du Paillon, and finally steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nice itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino, step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Devote, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Charles Church.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo tour itinerary planner.

Monte-Carlo is very close to Nice. In August, daily temperatures in Monte-Carlo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

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.