21 days in France, Switzerland & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

21 days in France, Switzerland & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  9 h 30 min
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Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
2
Reims, France
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Nancy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
5
Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
9
Annecy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Grenoble, France
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
12
Avignon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
13
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
14
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
15
Saint-Tropez, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
16
Cannes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
17
Nice, France
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
18
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  25 h
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Paris is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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Reims, France

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, Palais du Tau, Basilique Saint-Remi, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, thensteep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Remi, thenexplore the galleries of Museum of the Surrender, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Reims trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Reims takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in September, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Reims. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nancy.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin ©
Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin
Museum of the Surrender ©
Museum of the Surrender
Basilique Saint-Remi ©
Basilique Saint-Remi

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Nancy, France

Nancy ©
Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
On the 10th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas and then stop by Marche Couvert de Nancy.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nancy trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Reims to Nancy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nancy are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nancy

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Marche Couvert de Nancy ©
Marche Couvert de Nancy
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mont Sainte Odile as well as Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, explore the world behind art at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, thenstop by La Petite France, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Sainte Odile.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg journey planner.

Drive from Nancy to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mont Sainte Odile
Highlights from your plan
Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame ©
Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame
Mont Sainte Odile ©
Mont Sainte Odile
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Domaine Paul Blanck as well as Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. On the 12th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, thenwander the streets of Little Venice, thenadmire the landmark architecture of House of Heads, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Paul Blanck.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colmar online holiday maker.

Drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Colmar are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Colmar

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Domaine Paul Blanck
Highlights from your plan
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Domaine Paul Blanck ©
Domaine Paul Blanck

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 13th (Tue), get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) and then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern trip planner.

You can drive from Colmar to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bern are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)

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Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the activities along Lac Blanc, look for gifts at Cha'Cha'Cha', and then examine the collection at Crystal Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Chamonix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lac Blanc ©
Lac Blanc
Cha'Cha'Cha' ©
Cha'Cha'Cha'

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 15th (Thu), look for gifts at Franz Carl Weber Geneva, stop by Auer Chocolatier, thenwander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, and finally see the interesting displays at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Geneva sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Geneva

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vieux-Carouge
Highlights from your plan
Auer Chocolatier ©
Auer Chocolatier
Franz Carl Weber Geneva ©
Franz Carl Weber Geneva

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Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): walk around Parc Charles Bosson, snap pictures at Pont des Amours, thenlook for gifts at Meyer le Chocolatier, and finally examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Annecy tour planning tool.

Getting from Geneva to Annecy by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Annecy sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Parc Charles Bosson ©
Parc Charles Bosson
Palais de l'Ile ©
Palais de l'Ile
Pont des Amours ©
Pont des Amours

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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 17th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, look for gifts at Serenissime Kidstore, thenget to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, thenget to know the fascinating history of Secrets d'Apiculteur, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lyon journey maker.

You can drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Secrets d'Apiculteur ©
Secrets d'Apiculteur
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

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Grenoble, France

Grenoble ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grenoble itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Grenoble, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Musee du Petit Palais, step off the mainland to explore Ile de la Barthelasse, thenlook for gifts at La Cave du Verger des Papes, thenlearn about winemaking at Les Caves Saint Charles, and finally contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Grenoble to Avignon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grenoble in September: high temperatures in Avignon hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Highlights from your plan
Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais
Ile de la Barthelasse ©
Ile de la Barthelasse
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parc National des Calanques as well as Chateau d'If. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, make a trip to Parc National des Calanques, thenvisit The Panier, thenstop by Trois Fenetres, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Les Terrasses du Port.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marseille day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
The Panier ©
The Panier
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

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Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence as well as La Chambre Aux Confitures. On the 21st (Wed), browse the exhibits of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, look for gifts at La Chambre Aux Confitures, thenvisit Cours Mirabeau, thensee the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence sightseeing website.

Drive from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

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Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, thenlook for gifts at La Cave du Marche, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Port Grimaud Beach, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grimaud, La Cave du Marche
Highlights from your plan
Port Grimaud Beach ©
Port Grimaud Beach
Chateau de Grimaud ©
Chateau de Grimaud

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Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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 23rd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Cannes trip planning website.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Cannes sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Chocolatier Lacroix, thentake a stroll through Vieille Ville, thenstop by Marche a la Brocante, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse).

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nice vacation planner.

You can drive from Cannes to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Old Harbor (La Darse)
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with The Pavillons Monte-Carlo, examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, thenshop like a local with Marché de la Condamine, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo online attractions planner.

Monte-Carlo is just a stone's throw from Nice. In September, daytime highs in Monte-Carlo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Casino Square ©
Casino Square
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ©
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco