21 days in Monaco & France Itinerary

21 days in Monaco & France Itinerary

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Fly to Nice, Bus to Monte-Carlo
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Marché de la Condamine and then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Charles Church and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Devote.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo journey planning website.

Oslo, Norway to Monte-Carlo is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Oslo in July, you will find days in Monte-Carlo are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Le Tour de l'Horloge, then admire the striking features of Halle aux Grains, then pick up some local products at Marche aux Fruits et Legumes, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Carre d'artistes Aix-en-Provence. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Site naturel protege de l'etang de Bolmon, then explore and take pictures at Calanques d'Ensues la Redonne, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Au Dela Plongee.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Monte-Carlo in July since evenings lows in Aix-en-Provence dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Biarritz.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Biarritz, France

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Visit Socoa Beach and Port Vieux Beach for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie and Chapelle Imperiale. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin, get engrossed in the history at Basque Museum (Musee Basque), and see the interesting displays at Musee Bellevue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Biarritz visit site.

Fly from Aix-en-Provence to Biarritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in July, you will find days in Biarritz are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Bordeaux, France

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Prieure de Cayac and Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion. Escape the urban bustle at Parc de la Cheneraie and Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau). When in Bordeaux, make a side trip to see Croisiere Jouvence in Arcachon, approximately Arcachon away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Croix, awaken your taste buds at DMjWineworks, wander the streets of Port de la Lune, and walk around Ecosite du Bourgailh.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Toulouse, France

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Wed), get outside with L'Argonaute, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nicolas Church, and then examine the collection at Musee du Vieux-Toulouse. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Carmelites.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Toulouse tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Carcassonne, France

— 5 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 a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne and Memorial House (Maison des Memoires). Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante and Musee du Piano will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Limoux (Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille & Musee Petiet) and Narbonne (Musee Archeologique & Musee d'Art et d'Histoire). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere De La Conte, contemplate the long history of Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, ponder the design of Place Carnot, and don't miss a visit to Mirepoix.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne online travel planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:

Lyon, France

— 3 nights

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.
Visit Eglise Saint-Blaise and Eglise Saint-Mathieu for their historical value. Musee d'Histoire de Lyon and Les Pin-Up de Marc Curial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges, get engrossed in the history at Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc, and make a trip to Eglise Saint-Bonaventure.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lyon road trip planning tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Lyon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

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.

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.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Theme Parks

Occitanie travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles