26 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

26 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Angers, France
— 3 nights
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Nantes, France
— 4 nights
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France
— 2 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Cannes, France
— 2 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Montmartre, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and visit Ile Saint-Louis.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris holiday builder app.

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. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, with highs in Paris at 12°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Angers.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Angers, France

— 3 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau d'Angers and Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes. Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans and Chateau du Plessis-Bourre will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Collegiale Saint-Martin, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Laud, look for gifts at La Maison des Artisans, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Joseph.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Angers using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Angers in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Angers are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Eglise Sainte Croix. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Passage Pommeraye and Art Me. When in Nantes, make a side trip to see Place Henri IV in Vannes, approximately Vannes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, wander the streets of Place Graslin, and admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nantes attractions planner.

Drive from Angers to Nantes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France

— 2 nights
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Coutances, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Gratot.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Nantes to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 17th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, steep yourself in history at Hotel de Nupces, then view the masterpieces at Hotel d'Assezat, and finally contemplate the long history of La Tour Maurand. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Delices de Tunis, then explore the world behind art at Fondation Bemberg, then see the interesting displays at Musee Georges Labit, and finally examine the collection at Musee Departemental de la Resistance & de la Deportation.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Toulouse trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Toulouse in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Carcassonne, France

— 2 nights

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.
On the 19th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal. On the next day, make a trip to Eglise Heptagonale Sainte Marie, see the interesting displays at Maison de la Truffe d'Occitanie, do a tasting at Chateau Auzias, contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, then look for gifts at Philippe Boccardi, Artisan Chocolatier, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

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 21st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Carcassonne to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Marseille are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites

Cannes, France

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Sat): savor the flavors at Marche Forville, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, delve into the distant past at Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Fragonard, and finally revel in the low prices at Le Musee du Parfum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Le Monastere Fortifie, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, then take a stroll through Le Suquet, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cannes day trip site.

Take a train from Marseille to Cannes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 2 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, and then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Cannes to Monte-Carlo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. November in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, then stop by La Petite Cave de Saint Paul, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Barthelemy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Tete de Chien, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Nice day trip planning website.

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. November in Nice sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.

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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

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.