8 days in Monaco & South of France Itinerary

8 days in Monaco & South of France Itinerary

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8 days in Monaco & South of France Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
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 29th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Exotique de Monaco and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip tool .

London, UK to Monte-Carlo is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Monte-Carlo. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Monte-Carlo reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Casinos Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Marineland, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and then don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice online itinerary planner .

Nice is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marineland
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip builder website .

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres, Calanques, Palais des Papes
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

1
night
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, then have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Center, and then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Marseille to Montpellier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montpellier

Wineries Museums Fun & Games
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Bertrand Bosc ©
Bertrand Bosc
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Virtual Center ©
Virtual Center

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