26 days in France, Geneva & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

26 days in France, Geneva & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Fly to Chambéry-Savoie Airport, Drive to Chamonix
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Chamonix, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 4 nights
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Chamonix, France

— 5 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Brevent Cable Car as well as Domaine des Planards. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier des Bossons and Aiguilles Rouges. Kids will enjoy Aiguille du Midi and La Jonction. Venture out of the city with trips to Reserve Naturelle (in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval), Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy (in Passy) and Eglise Notre Dame de la Gorge (in Les Contamines-Montjoie).

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chamonix online route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Chamonix is an approximately 38-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Geneva.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at CERN and Musee Ariana. Kids will enjoy Food Tours and Bains des Paquis. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Chapel of the Maccabees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, and get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Geneva day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Geneva

Tours · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Porte Cailhau and Parc de Majolan. Family-friendly places like Food Tours and Jardin Public will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Pont de Pierre, identify plant and animal life at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and don't miss a visit to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online journey planner.

Fly from Geneva to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

Carcassonne Center, France

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mirepoix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center travel app.

Getting from Bordeaux to Carcassonne Center by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Aix-en-Provence, France

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence and Terrain des Peintres (Painters Park). Bring the kids along to Mystery Games and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee Granet, explore the galleries of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, make a trip to Librairie Le Blason, and admire the masterpieces at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence day trip planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. September in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 4 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jardin du Casino and Prince's Palace. Discover out-of-the-way places like Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe and Port de Fontvieille. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Larvotto Beach, appreciate the history behind Juan Manuel Fangio Memorial, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Monte-Carlo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Monte-Carlo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.