31 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

31 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Avignon, France
— 5 nights
Train to Lyon, Fly to Rouen
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Rouen, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Le Mans City, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Chambord, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 2 nights
Bus to Nice, Fly to Saint-Malo
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Saint-Malo, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Limoges, France
— 1 night
Fly to Lyon, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive to Chambéry-Savoie Airport, Fly to Dubuque

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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris route builder.

Dubuque, USA to Paris is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. While traveling from Dubuque, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Avignon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Avignon, France

— 5 nights

City of Popes

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Marseille (Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, The Panier, &more) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and surround yourself with nature on Trolib.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Avignon trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Avignon, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Rouen, France

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Musee du Verre (in Conches-en-Ouche), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Bayeux (Cave Cidricole Lecornu, Bayeux War Cemetery, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, take in the history at Omaha Beach, get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen day trip tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Avignon to Rouen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in June, things will get slightly colder in Rouen: highs are around 69°F and lows about 51°F. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Le Mans City, France

— 1 night

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Le Mans City trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Rouen to Le Mans City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. June in Le Mans City sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chambord.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Chambord, France

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Meung sur Loire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, and then explore the historical opulence of Domaine National de Chambord.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chambord vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Le Mans City to Chambord takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Chambord are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Domaine Preignes Le Vieux (in Vias) and Col de Pailheres (in Ascou). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and make a trip to La Porte D'aude.

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Getting from Chambord to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Chambord in June, expect Carcassonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Monaco

— 2 nights
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Apotheosa Monaca, contemplate the long history of Vieux Monaco, then admire the natural beauty at Princess Grace Botanical Garden, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the waterfront at Port de Fontvieille. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, then pause for some photo ops at Hommage des Colonies Etrangeres Statue, then appreciate the history behind Grimaldi Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Prince's Palace.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monaco-Ville road trip planning app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Monaco-Ville in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monaco-Ville, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Saint-Malo, France

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Grande Cascade (in Le Neufbourg), Chapelle Saint-Michel (in Mortain) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soak in style at Awelys Spa Privatif, and make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo journey maker website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Monaco-Ville to Saint-Malo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Monaco-Ville in June: high temperatures in Saint-Malo hover around 67°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Limoges.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Limoges, France

— 1 night

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at Centre de la Memoire, then take an in-depth tour of Oradour-sur-Glane, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Aurelien.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Limoges trip maker website.

You can fly from Saint-Malo to Limoges in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Limoges

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chamonix, France

— 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

"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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chamonix vacation maker website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Limoges to Chamonix in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.