15 days in France, Belgium & Monaco Itinerary

15 days in France, Belgium & Monaco Itinerary

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Antibes, France
— 2 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
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Antibes, France

— 2 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Forcerie Vial and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Marché provençal and then head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Antibes trip itinerary builder website.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Antibes is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in June, expect Antibes to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Antibes

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 1 night
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 1st (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of 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 to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Antibes to Monte-Carlo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Monte-Carlo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:

Nice, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then stop by Vieille Ville, and finally make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Nice is very close to Monte-Carlo. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): visit The Panier, then make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then get all the equipment you need at Sanglard Velo Electrique.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix itinerary maker.

Drive from Marseille to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Nature
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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 5th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lyon road trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
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Saint-Malo, France

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew, and then make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Saint-Malo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lyon in July, with highs in Saint-Malo at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Paris road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Saint-Malo to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Saint-Malo in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Brussels, Belgium

— 1 night

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Atomium, admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip maker.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

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.

Brittany travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.