9 days in Grenoble, Monaco & South of France Itinerary

9 days in Grenoble, Monaco & South of France Itinerary

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Grenoble, France
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Grenoble, France

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Saint Andre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Grenoble attractions planner.

Paris to Grenoble is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Grenoble

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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 16th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, and finally try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monte-Carlo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Monte-Carlo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grenoble in March; daily highs in Monte-Carlo reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Marseille.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 1 night

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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Marseille online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monte-Carlo to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Loire Nature et Decouverte, then stop by Ile de la Barthelasse, and then steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Avignon itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Avignon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montpellier, France

— 1 night
"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 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Carre Sainte-Anne and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Grand Travers.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier route builder site.

Drive from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Montpellier are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Toulouse, France

— 1 night

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.
To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Toulouse online travel route planner.

You can drive from Montpellier to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Discover how to plan a Bordeaux trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Toulouse to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monaco travel guide

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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.