27 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

27 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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27 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

Start: Genoa, Italy
Drive:  2​h
1
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
2
Nice, France
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Marseille, France
— 1 night
6
Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
7
Toulouse, France
— 4 nights
8
Biarritz, France
— 4 nights
9
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Tours, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Rouen, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Calais, France
— Few hours
End: Calais, France


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nights
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.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then admire the landmark architecture of Prince's Palace, and then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and then examine the collection at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo road trip tool .

Genoa, Italy to Monte-Carlo is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. May in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ©
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

1
night
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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner .

Nice is very close to Monte-Carlo. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites
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St Nicholas Cathedral ©
St Nicholas Cathedral

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nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then wander the streets of Le Suquet.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cannes road trip planning tool .

Cannes is just a short distance from Nice. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Escalet Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of St. Tropez Harbor, explore the historical opulence of Grimaud Castle, take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, and finally contemplate the long history of Chartreuse de la Verne.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. May in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chartreuse de la Verne, Chateau de Grimaud
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Chateau de Grimaud ©
Chateau de Grimaud

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a stroll through The Panier, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
The Panier ©
The Panier

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nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pont du Gard and Cathedrale St-Pierre. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Maison Carree and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Get out of town with these interesting Montpellier side-trips: Domaine Guinand (in Saint Christol), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, & more) and Tour Carbonniere (in Aigues-Mortes). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Place de la Comedie.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Montpellier holiday planning site .

Drive from Marseille to Montpellier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Montpellier are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Aigues-Mortes, Domaine Guinand, Pont du Gard, La Maison Carree
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Pont du Gard ©
Pont du Gard
Domaine Guinand ©
Domaine Guinand

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nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
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.
Visit Carcassonne Medieval City and Cité de Carcassonne for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Church of Les Jacobins. Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Pays de l'Ours - ADET (in Arbas), Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip planner .

Take a train from Montpellier to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Toulouse are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Grotte de Niaux, Pays de l'Ours - ADET, Mount Perdu
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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nights
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Villa Leihorra are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Plage d'Hendaye and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray) and Hendaye (Scuba & Snorkeling & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz, and take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Biarritz online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Toulouse to Biarritz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hendaye, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Villa Arnaga, River Rafting & Tubing, Room Escape Games
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Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Scuba & Snorkeling
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

4
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Bridoire and Chateau Lestevenie. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau Belingard and Chateau de Monbazillac. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac & Chateau Beaurang), Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). Dedicate the 2nd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale).

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux journey maker tool .

You can drive from Biarritz to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, Chateau Paloumey, Chateau de Monbazillac, Chateau de Bridoire
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Chateau Belingard ©
Chateau Belingard
Chateau de Bridoire ©
Chateau de Bridoire

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nights
Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Escape the urban bustle at ZooParc de Beauval and Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Change things up with these side-trips from Tours: Troglo Degusto (in Bourre), Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux) and Domaine de La Croix Melier (in Montlouis-sur-Loire). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Domaine Huet.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tours online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Tours takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Tours

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Amboise, Troglo Degusto, Chateau de Chenonceau, Domaine de La Croix Melier, Domaine Huet
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Troglo Degusto ©
Troglo Degusto
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau

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night
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, then shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner.

Getting from Tours to Rouen by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tours in June, expect nights in Rouen to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Calais.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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Calais, France

Calais
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Calais attractions app .

You can drive from Rouen to Calais in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Calais can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 8th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Calais

Outdoors Tours Parks
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