28 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

28 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Angers, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nantes, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Bus to Nice, Fly to Paris Orly
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Paris, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France
— 3 nights
Drive to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Le Marais. Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Atelier des Lumieres, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris online sightseeing planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Paris is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Paris is minus 7 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November; daily highs in Paris reach 12°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Angers.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau d'Angers and Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans. Get a sense of the local culture at Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes and Chateau du Plessis-Bourre. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Collegiale Saint-Martin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Laud, stop by La Maison des Artisans, and appreciate the history behind Maison d'Adam.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Angers trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Angers in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November in Angers, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. 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

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Passage Pommeraye and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Your inner history buff will appreciate Place Henri IV and Eglise Sainte Croix. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, stop by Place Graslin, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Me, and admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nantes trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Angers to Nantes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Couvent des Jacobins, then steep yourself in history at Hotel de Nupces, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hotel d'Assezat, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Georges Labit. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Musee Departemental de la Resistance & de la Deportation, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, then look for gifts at Delices de Tunis, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Carmelites.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse itinerary planner.

Fly from Nantes to Toulouse in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Toulouse are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · 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 16th (Sat), stop by Philippe Boccardi, Artisan Chocolatier, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, then examine the collection at Maison de la Truffe d'Occitanie, and finally make a trip to Eglise Heptagonale Sainte Marie. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, then contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Dominicaines.

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Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): 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 pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp. On your second day here, make a trip to Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Marseille are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive 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.
On the 20th (Wed), pick up some local products at Marche Forville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, explore the ancient world of Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon, then examine the collection at Musee Fragonard, and finally revel in the low prices at Le Musee du Parfum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Le Monastere Fortifie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, then wander the streets of Le Suquet, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cannes, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, then stop by La Petite Cave de Saint Paul, and then examine the collection at Galerie Eva Vautier. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Tete de Chien, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then don't miss a visit to Avenue Jean Medecin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cannes to Nice in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. November in Nice sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · 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 24th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Prince's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Casino Square, and then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Monte-Carlo travel planning app.

Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. In November, daytime highs in Monte-Carlo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Casinos · Museums

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of La Madeleine.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Monte-Carlo to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Monte-Carlo in November, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 12°C and lows about 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Rouen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the striking features of Palais de Justice, don't miss a visit to Parlement de Normandie, then appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, then get a taste of the local shopping with Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally make a trip to Rue Saint-Romain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally contemplate the long history of Tour Jeanne d'Arc.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rouen attractions planning app.

Getting from Paris to Rouen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France

— 3 nights
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 28th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain, learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha, take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, then look for gifts at H2O Parapluies, then examine the collection at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Gratot, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Coutances, then contemplate the long history of Cabane Vauban, and finally stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer road trip site.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

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.

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.

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.