36 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

36 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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La Teste-de-Buch, France
— 5 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 4 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Banon, France
— 3 nights
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Pelvoux, France
— 2 nights
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Guillestre, France
— 1 night
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La Palud sur Verdon, France
— 1 night
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Cannes, France
— 5 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères and Paris Plage. Explore hidden gems such as Edwart Chocolatier and Beer Town. When in Paris, make a side trip to see L'Atelier des Chimeres in Orleans, approximately Orleans away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Le Marais and shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online travel route planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jerusalem to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in June: high temperatures in Paris hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to La Teste-de-Buch.

Things to do in Paris

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Teste-de-Buch, France

— 5 nights
La Teste-de-Buch is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.It is located on the south shore of Arcachon Bay, lying in the southwestern part of Gironde.It is the largest of four communes that comprise the (COBAS), a small metropolitan area of 54,204 population (1999 census). You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Grande Cote and Montalivet Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Réserve Ornithologique du Teich and Parc de la Cheneraie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Teste-de-Buch: Chateau de Cazeneuve (in Prechac), Les Noisettines du Medoc (in Blaignan) and Étangs de la Mailloueyre (in Mimizan). The adventure continues: stroll through Site d'Arjuzanx, explore the striking landscape at La Grande Dune du Pilat, and make a splash at Aqua Park.

Plan my day in La Teste-de-Buch using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Paris to La Teste-de-Buch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in La Teste-de-Buch are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in La Teste-de-Buch

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 4 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chai Vincent and Ombres Blanches. Step off the beaten path and head to ZouZou Parc and Criollo Chocolatier - Magasin de Victor Hugo. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne (in Carcassonne Center), L'epicurieuse (in Soreze) and l'Atelier des Vignerons (in Limoux). The adventure continues: look for gifts at BELLO & ANGELI - ARTISAN CHOCOLATIER GLACIER LES CARMES, hunt for treasures at Marche de Caussade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Toulouse road trip planning tool.

You can drive from La Teste-de-Buch to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Trois Fenetres and Le Caviste de Maussane. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage de Piemanson and Plage de Cavaliere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Plage Napoleon (in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone), Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc, Plage de l'Anglade, &more) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Magaud.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Marseille sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Banon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Banon, France

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Librairie le Bleuet and Moulin Fortuné Arizzi. Get outdoors at Rocher de la Baume and Fug'en Cimes. Venture out of the city with trips to Oraison (Francois Doucet Confiseur & Moulin a Huile Paschetta Henry), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and La boutique de la Biere (in Sainte-Tulle).

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Banon holiday maker tool.

Getting from Marseille to Banon by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pelvoux.

Things to do in Banon

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Pelvoux, France

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Fri), look for gifts at Magasin de Sport Elixir, fly down the slopes at SnowPark, and then surround yourself with nature on Parc National des Ecrins. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Refuge du Glacier Blanc.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pelvoux trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Banon to Pelvoux with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Guillestre.

Things to do in Pelvoux

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Guillestre, France

— 1 night
Guillestre is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France.GeographyThe village lies in the northwestern part of the commune, on the left bank of the Chagne, a stream, tributary of the Guil, which forms all of the commune's northern border, before flowing into the Durance, which forms part of the commune's western border. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at The Petrifying Fountain of Reotier, look for gifts at Fromagerie de la Durance, and then view the masterpieces at The Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Guillestre trip maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Pelvoux to Guillestre with the Route module. In July in Guillestre, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Palud sur Verdon.

Things to do in Guillestre

Shopping · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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La Palud sur Verdon, France

— 1 night
On the 16th (Mon), head outdoors with Verdon Escalade and then explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Palud sur Verdon online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Guillestre to La Palud sur Verdon in 3 hours. Traveling from Guillestre in July, you will find days in La Palud sur Verdon are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in La Palud sur Verdon

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Cannes, France

— 5 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.
Relax by the water at Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Pampelonne. Take a break from the city and head to Le Cap Lardier and Les Gorges du Blavet. Venture out of the city with trips to Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Chocolats et Gourmandises & La Chocolaterie du Rocher), Cap-Sea (in Agay) and Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer). There's still lots to do: pick up some local products at Marche Forville, look for gifts at Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, and take a stroll through La Croisette.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cannes trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Palud sur Verdon to Cannes takes 2 hours. When traveling from La Palud sur Verdon in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cannes: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Cannes

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor and then enjoy the sand and surf at Larvotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Marché de la Condamine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, then browse the different shops at Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monte-Carlo day trip website.

You can drive from Cannes to Monte-Carlo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cannes in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Monte-Carlo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Nice, France

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Promenade du Soleil and Coco Beach. For shopping fun, head to Cafe du Cycliste or Zoe la Belette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Menton (Palmes Beach & Pasta Piemonte). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paloma Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eze Sur Mer Strand, make a trip to Place Massena, and look for gifts at VinAzur - Vins de provence.

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Nice is very close to Monte-Carlo. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

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.