21 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

21 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Dijon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 3 nights
Bus:  30 min
6
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
8
Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
On the 10th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Maison de Victor Hugo, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then steep yourself in history at La Sorbonne, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame du Travail, then take an in-depth tour of Maison de Balzac, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Harry's New York Bar.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Dijon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

3
nights
Dijon, France

Dijon ©
Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Forteresse de Thil and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Citeaux. Get some cultural insight at Abbaye de Fontenay and Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon. Venture out of the city with trips to Beaune (Maison Joseph Drouhin, Collegiale Notre Dame, &more), Chateau du Clos de Vougeot (in Vougeot) and Chateau de Meursault (in Meursault). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon and see the interesting displays at Le Consortium.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dijon trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Dijon at 6°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Beaune, Abbaye de Fontenay, Forteresse de Thil, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Citeaux, Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Meursault ©
Chateau de Meursault
Abbaye de Fontenay ©
Abbaye de Fontenay
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon ©
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon

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.
On the 15th (Thu), savor the flavors at From Vine to Wine, then contemplate the long history of Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Georges, and finally explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain. On your second day here, catch a live performance at Theatre Romain (Antique).

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Theatre Romain (Antique)
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif ©
Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Theatre Romain (Antique) ©
Theatre Romain (Antique)

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais, have a few drinks at La Palmeraie, then do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine, and finally don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes. On the next day, do a tasting at Nuances du Sud, then learn about winemaking at Domaine de Durban, and then do a tasting at Les Celliers Amadieu.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon vacation planner.

Take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Avignon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries Nightlife Spas

Side Trips

Beaumes-de-Venise, Chateau de la Gardine, Les Celliers Amadieu
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de la Gardine ©
Chateau de la Gardine
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Nuances du Sud ©
Nuances du Sud

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Visit Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Museum d'Histoire Naturelle Aix en Provence for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau Calissanne and Chateau La Coste en Provence. Go for a jaunt from Aix-en-Provence to Pertuis to see Chateau Val-Joanis about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, relax and rejuvenate at Sun Gym, learn about winemaking at Chateau Simone, and see the interesting displays at Museum Calisson.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence driving holiday app.

Take a bus from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Avignon in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Aix-en-Provence: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Spas Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Bouc-Bel-Air, Chateau Calissanne, Chateau Val-Joanis
Highlights from your plan
Sun Gym ©
Sun Gym
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio

1
night
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
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 22nd (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at Sofitel Spa, indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Cinq Mondes, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip planning app.

Marseille is very close to Aix-en-Provence. In December, daytime highs in Marseille are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Spas Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spa Cinq Mondes ©
Spa Cinq Mondes
Musee des Beaux-Arts ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais Lascaris and Musée Marc Chagall. Chapelle du Rosaire and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: El Camino De Cuba (in Saint-Raphael), Musée National Picasso (in Vallauris) and Chateau de Berne (in Flayosc). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Domaine Saint Jean, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Bathélémy, and contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nice road trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Nice, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Chapelle du Rosaire, El Camino De Cuba, Chateau Font du Broc
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews ©
Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris
Chapelle du Rosaire ©
Chapelle du Rosaire

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 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Vieux Monaco, contemplate the long history of Prince's Palace, then don't miss a visit to The Palace Guards, and finally try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Musee D’Anthropologie Prehistorique, then see the interesting displays at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then relax and rejuvenate at Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monaco-Ville itinerary planner.

Monaco-Ville is just a stone's throw from Nice. In December, daily temperatures in Monaco-Ville can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Historic Sites Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Monte-Carlo
Highlights from your plan
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee

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