17 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

17 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe visit planner

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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Bourges, France
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Lourdes, France
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Cannes, France
— 1 night
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Antibes, France
— 1 night
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Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
— 2 nights
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Eze, France
— 1 day
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St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Grenoble, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
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Paris, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at words and things and then look for gifts at Bois l’Epicier.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris journey builder.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Bourges, France

— 1 night

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Musee de la Porcelaine Deshoulieres, stroll around Jardins du Duc Jean de Berry, then go all around town with Le Petit Train de Bourges, then look for gifts at La Halle au Ble, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bourges trip maker tool.

Getting from Paris to Bourges by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. July in Bourges sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Bourges

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac, learn about winemaking at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, and finally take a stroll through Port of the Moon.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux visit planner.

You can drive from Bourges to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lourdes, France

— 1 night
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crypte de la Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception., get engrossed in the history at Le Petit Lourdes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lourdes vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Lourdes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Lyon on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Lyon, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Fresque des Lyonnais, view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, then stop by Ultimae, and finally look for gifts at La Fromagerie d'Oullins.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

Drive from Lourdes to Lyon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lourdes in July, you will find days in Lyon are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo, and finally slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marseille travel route planner.

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Spas · Baths · Museums · Historic Sites

Cannes, France

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, then pause for some serene contemplation at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and finally make a trip to Les Murs Peints.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cannes trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Cannes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Marseille in July, plan for little chillier days in Cannes, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Cannes

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antibes, France

— 1 night

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Antibes road trip planning app.

Antibes is very close to Cannes. July in Antibes sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Antibes

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

— 2 nights
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.GeographyVillefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10km south west of Monaco. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, get to know the fascinating history of Old Harbor (La Darse), then don't miss a visit to Fort du Mont Alban, then don't miss a visit to Citadelle Saint-Elme, and finally see the interesting displays at Les Musees de La Citadelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise, try to win big at Casino de Beaulieu, then do sightseeing your way with SeaZen, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Injae.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Villefranche-sur-Mer tour itinerary tool.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is very close to Antibes. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will leave for Eze on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Eze, France

— 1 day
Hillside villages along the Mediterranean coast don't come more picturesque than Eze, attracting vacationers with its perfectly preserved medieval streets, colorful botanical gardens, and sweeping sea views.
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Place de la Cremaillere, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Sainte-Marguerite, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Et Jardin Medieval, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Eze Sur Mer Strand.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Eze travel site.

Eze is just a short distance from Villefranche-sur-Mer. In July, daytime highs in Eze are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Things to do in Eze

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Italian: San Giovanni Capo Ferrato) is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It is located on a peninsula next to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and to Villefranche-sur-Mer and extends out to Cap Ferrat. To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat online trip planner.

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is just a stone's throw from Eze. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Nice.

Things to do in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Nice, France

— 1 night

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 16th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron, contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Renoir, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Nice is just a short distance from St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. In July, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Monaco-Ville, Monaco

— 2 nights
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, steep yourself in history at Vieux Monaco, contemplate the long history of Palais de justice de Monaco, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and finally learn more about the world around you at Musee D’Anthropologie Prehistorique. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, shop like a local with Chocolaterie de Monaco, then make a trip to The Palace Guards, then get outside with Stade Nautique Rainier III, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Fontvieille Shopping Centre.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monaco-Ville tour planner.

Monaco-Ville is just a short distance from Nice. July in Monaco-Ville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grenoble.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Grenoble, France

— 1 night

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Montagne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint Andre, and then slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grenoble road trip planning website.

You can drive from Monaco-Ville to Grenoble in 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Monaco-Ville in July since evenings lows in Grenoble dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Grenoble

Spas · Baths · Museums · Historic Sites

Paris, France

— 1 day

City of Light

On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, examine the collection at Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins, and then hunt for treasures at Marche Vernaison.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder app.

You can drive from Grenoble to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

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.