14 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

14 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Tours, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Paris due to the time zone difference. In July, Paris is slightly colder than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tours.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Tours, France — 1 night

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanique de Tours, and then steep yourself in history at La Forteresse de Montbazon.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tours online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Tours takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tours are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): ponder the design of Fontaine des Trois Graces, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux trip itinerary site.

Getting from Tours to Bordeaux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Place de la Comedie, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Planet Ocean Montpellier, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc De Lunaret-zoo De Montpellier. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seaquarium, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Leocadie.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Montpellier online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bordeaux to Montpellier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Montpellier, with lows of 67°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marseille.
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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 19th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with Atlantide. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc National des Calanques.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille online tour planner.

Drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, make a trip to Prince's Palace, then examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens, take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then admire the striking features of Place du Palais, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monte-Carlo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Marseille to Monte-Carlo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in July, expect nights in Monte-Carlo to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.
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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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice day trip app.

Nice is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. July in Nice sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 71°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Annecy.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife
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Annecy, France — 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Annecy and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Annecy day trip site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Annecy takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, Annecy is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Lyon.
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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 24th (Mon), stop by Le 405 Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then find something for the whole family at KOEZIO Lyon, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lyon itinerary app.

You can drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.
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Centre-Val de Loire travel guide

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Castles · Zoos · Specialty Museums
Centre is a large inland region around the Loire Valley made up of six departments and known for its wealth of places to visit, including fine historical towns, remarkable gardens, forests, fruit orchards, vineyards, and its many renovated châteaux. Its natural landscape includes the rich, fertile valleys of the Loire River and its tributaries and is extremely conducive to outdoor sightseeing. The official name for the region is frequently combined in tourist literature with the French appellation Val-de-Loire to produce the combination Centre-Val-de-Loire, reflecting this region's embrace of the renowned valley of the river Loire. Notable for its historic towns, architecture, and wines, the Centre region has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period.
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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.
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