48 days in France, Andorra & Monaco Itinerary

48 days in France, Andorra & Monaco Itinerary

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Bordeaux, France
— 6 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 5 nights
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Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 6 nights
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Avignon, France
— 6 nights
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Marseille, France
— 7 nights
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Cannes, France
— 7 nights
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux, France

— 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean and La Grande Cote. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La ville d'Hiver and Phare de la Coubre. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Beach of La Palmyre (in La Palmyre-Les Mathes), Ecomuseum Marquèze (in Sabres) and Perigueux (Cathedrale St-Front & Vesunna). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Remy Martin, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Monbazillac.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux online trip planner.

Paris to Bordeaux is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Parc de la Prehistoire and Musee Berenger Sauniere capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Abbaye Saint Pierre and Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne. Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Rennes-le-Chateau (Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine & Rennes le chateau), O'Vineyards (in Villemoustaussou) and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Les Croisieres de Saint Cirq Lapopie & Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte du Mas d'Azil, explore the activities along Labouiche, and stroll through Lac des Montagnes.

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You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Toulouse sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Escaldes-Engordany.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

— 1 night
Boasting a host of hot springs and just a stone's throw away from the capital, Les Escalades is a popular choice for those who want some rest and relaxation after hitting the slopes or the stores.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museu Casa Rull, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sant Cristofol d'Anyos Church, examine the collection at Museo De La Miniatura De Ordino, pause for some serene contemplation at Esglesia de Sant Corneli i Sant Cebria d'Ordino, then see the interesting displays at Museo etnografico Casa Cristo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters.

To find photos and more tourist information, read our Escaldes-Engordany trip maker site.

Getting from Toulouse to Escaldes-Engordany by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Escaldes-Engordany

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montpellier, France

— 6 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.
Visiting Plage de la Grande Conque and La Franqui Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palais des Archeveques and Meteosite du Mont Aigoual. Change things up with these side-trips from Montpellier: Maison Noilly Prat (in Marseillan), Chateau de Peyrelade (in Riviere-sur-Tarn) and Aigues-Mortes (Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons & Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes). There's still lots to do: stroll through Plage du Grand Travers, admire the landmark architecture of Abbaye de Valmagne, and pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame-des-Auzils.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Montpellier day trip planning app.

Getting from Escaldes-Engordany to Montpellier by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 6 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ile de la Barthelasse and Cascades du Sautadet. Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Chateau de Grignan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Plage de Piemanson (in Salin de Giraud), Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon, stop by Vieille Ville de Gordes, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

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Getting from Montpellier to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 7 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Parc National des Calanques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Plage de Piemanson (in Salin de Giraud), Chateau La Coste en Provence (in Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Vieil Aix, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, stop by The Panier, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cannes, France

— 7 nights

Festival City

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Croisette and Chartreuse de la Verne. Step out of the city life by going to Les Gorges du Verdon and Les Grottes de Villecroze. Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Chateau de Bargeme (in Bargeme), Plage de Pampelonne (in Ramatuelle) and La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands, admire the masterpieces at Musée National Picasso, get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

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Getting from Marseille to Cannes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Monaco

— 1 night
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monaco-Ville driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cannes to Monaco-Ville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Monaco-Ville, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 6 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Paloma Beach and Eze Sur Mer Strand. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa Kerylos and Promenade Le Corbusier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: La Citadelle d'Entrevaux (in Entrevaux) and Palmes Beach (in Menton). Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice online sightseeing planner.

Nice is just a stone's throw from Monaco-Ville. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

Andorra travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
Andorra's wild popularity among tourists can be attributed to its gently sloped ski resorts, extensive hiking trails, and duty-free shopping. The skyline features the ubiquitous outline of the rugged Pyrenees mountain range, with average elevations of 1,996 m (6,549 ft). Tranquillity and relaxation ensue at altitudes of 1,000 m (3,281 ft) at the well-known Caldea Spa Complex, distinguished by its elegant glass spires. If you prefer a little retail therapy, try the duty-free shopping in the capital city Andorra la Vella's bustling avenues. Sightseeing includes Romaneque churches, shrines, and historic houses, including a replica of the famous statue of Our Lady of Meritxell, which was destroyed in a 1972 fire. Andorra's Catalan culture, including folk dances and music, is very much alive today in the town of Sant Julià de Lòria.

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.