20 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

20 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly to Nice, Bus to Monte-Carlo
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice, France
— 1 night
Taxi
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St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Sospel, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bonnieux, France
— 1 night
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Gordes, France
— 1 night
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
— 1 night
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Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France
— 1 night
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Nimes, France
— 1 night
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Millau, France
— 1 night
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Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 1 night

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 1st (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then wander the streets of Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Tombe du Soldat Inconnu, then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

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 3rd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Exotique de Monaco and then cool off at Larvotto Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monte-Carlo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paris to Monte-Carlo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, Monte-Carlo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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 4th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice trip website.

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

— 1 night
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Italian: San Giovanni Capo Ferrato) is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It is located on a peninsula next to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and to Villefranche-sur-Mer and extends out to Cap Ferrat. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Passable, trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, then kick back and relax at Paloma Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat trip itinerary planner.

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is just a short distance from Nice. May in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

Things to do in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France

— 1 night
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France between Monaco and Menton. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palmes Beach, then stroll through Promenade du Soleil, then explore the world behind art at Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin visit planner.

You can drive from St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in an hour. May in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sospel.

Things to do in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sospel, France

— 1 night
Sospel is a commune and former schismatic episcopal seat in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France near the Italian border and not far from Monte Carlo.History and remainsThe town dates back to the 5th century, when it served as an important staging post on the royal road from Nice to Turin. On the 7th (Thu), get outside with Aet Nature, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sospel trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to Sospel takes an hour. May in Sospel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.

Things to do in Sospel

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, France

— 1 night
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You can drive from Sospel to Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sospel in May: highs in Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Transportation

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.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

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You can drive from Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon to Marseille in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bonnieux.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bonnieux, France

— 1 night
Bonnieux is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 10th (Sun), get outside with Chateau la Verrerie, then experience rural life at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lourmarin, and finally contemplate the long history of Le Fort de Buoux.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bonnieux travel route planning site.

You can drive from Marseille to Bonnieux in 1.5 hours. In May in Bonnieux, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gordes.

Things to do in Bonnieux

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Gordes, France

— 1 night
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, take some stellar pictures from Le Sentier Des Ocres De Roussillon, then hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, and finally look for gifts at Il Etait Une Flamme.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Gordes trip itinerary maker site.

Gordes is very close to Bonnieux. In May, daytime highs in Gordes are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Gordes

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Gordes to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

— 1 night
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): do a tasting at Chateau Fortia, learn about winemaking at Domaine de Beaurenard, learn about winemaking at Domaine Albin Jacumin, do a tasting at Domain du Banneret, then do a tasting at The Best Vintage, and finally learn about winemaking at Santa Duc Wine Shop.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chateauneuf-du-Pape travel planning site.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is just a short distance from Avignon. In May, daily temperatures in Chateauneuf-du-Pape can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vers-Pont-du-Gard.

Things to do in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Wineries · Shopping

Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France

— 1 night
On the 14th (Thu), take in the views from Pont du Gard and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vers-Pont-du-Gard trip planner.

Getting from Chateauneuf-du-Pape to Vers-Pont-du-Gard by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. May in Vers-Pont-du-Gard sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Vers-Pont-du-Gard

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nimes, France

— 1 night

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
On the 15th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, don't miss a visit to Place du Marche, then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Paul.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nimes trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vers-Pont-du-Gard to Nimes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nimes are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Millau, France

— 1 night

Leather Capital of France

Best known for its sheepskin gloves, Millau was at the head of the French fashion industry for gloves for two centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get outside with A2 Parapente, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Millau, and finally get your game on at Aeropaint Paintball Lasergame Millau.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Millau planner.

Getting from Nimes to Millau by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nimes in May, expect Millau to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Millau

Outdoors · Adventure · Museums · Tours

Toulouse, France

— 3 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.
Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at O'Vineyards and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Venture out of the city with trips to Cave de Labastide (in Labastide-de-Levis), Cimetiere De La Conte (in Carcassonne) and Cathar Castles (in Carcassonne Center). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, and contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins.

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Getting from Millau to Toulouse by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Millau in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Toulouse, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

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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.

Luberon travel guide

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Hiking Trails · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles