31 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

31 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

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31 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train:  2 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  5 h
2
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Avignon, France
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Nice, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Chamonix, France
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
End: London, United Kingdom


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4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Roumare Forest (in Rouen) and Caresse de Tigre (in La Mailleraye-sur-Seine). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip planner .

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Versailles, Poses, Roumare Forest, Caresse de Tigre, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Le Bois des Aigles ©
Le Bois des Aigles
Caresse de Tigre ©
Caresse de Tigre

3
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
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.
Get outdoors at Eaurizon and Mount Perdu. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). The adventure continues: trek along Mayronnes Sculpture Trail, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Paris to Carcassonne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grotte de Niaux, Mount Perdu, Reserve Africaine de Sigean, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, Rando Quad Castor
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Reserve Africaine de Sigean ©
Reserve Africaine de Sigean
Grotte de Niaux ©
Grotte de Niaux
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Promenade a Cheval La Marisma and Cheval Enjeu. Venture out of the city with trips to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres & Le Sentier Des Ocres De Roussillon) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Petit Ranch de Marie, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Gorges de Veroncle, identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, get outside with K-Lade, and trek along Parcours de L'Art.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Arles, Lafare A Cheval, Gorges D'Oppedette
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres
Les Gorges de Veroncle ©
Les Gorges de Veroncle

5
nights
Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sentier Jean Francois Jube. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Musee des Chantiers Naval, &more), Sentier du Littoral (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Bandol (Foret de Roustagnon & Sentier Littoral). There's still lots to do: trek along Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, head outdoors with Club Nautique de la Baie de Cavalire, and explore by horseback at Ecuries d'Entrecolles.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hyeres, La Ciotat, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Le Lavandou, Le Pradet
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Calanques ©
Calanques

6
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 in touch with nature at Station de Ski L'Audibergue and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Mala Beach Coastal Path (in Cap d'Ail), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, get outside with Baou de la Gaude, and trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cannes, Saint-Raphael, Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, Station de Ski L'Audibergue, La Mene
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Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron
Station de Ski L'Audibergue ©
Station de Ski L'Audibergue
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, see the interesting displays at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Devote, Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then take advantage of the amenities at Larvotto Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino, try to win big at Casino Cafe de Paris, explore the historical opulence of Prince's Palace, examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip planning website .

Monte-Carlo is very close to Nice. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Larvotto Beach ©
Larvotto Beach
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo

5
nights
Chamonix, France

"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.
Visiting Aiguille du Midi and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chamonix: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & Oxygene Ski School La Plagne), Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lac d'Annecy) and Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jonction, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, hit the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and trek along Refuge Albert 1er.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix trip website .

Getting from Monte-Carlo to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Annecy, Macot-la-Plagne, La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel, Les Gorges du Fier, La Clusaz
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
La Jonction ©
La Jonction

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