31 days in France, Monaco & Italy Itinerary

31 days in France, Monaco & Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport, Drive to Cauterets
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Cauterets, France
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Cauterets, France — 4 nights

Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pont d'Espagne and Station de Ski Cauterets. Bring the kids along to Caminando and Station de Ski Luz Ardiden. Step out of Cauterets to go to Luz-Saint-Sauveur and see Eglise des Templiers, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Piétat, examine the collection at Pavillon des Abeilles, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chemin des Cascades.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cauterets online itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Cauterets is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles to Cauterets, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 2 nights

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Paul. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses and Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante. Step out of Carcassonne with an excursion to Palais des Archeveques in Narbonne--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, and get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cauterets to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.
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Arles, France — 2 nights

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at promenade a cheval.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Arles journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Arles are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

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 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Aviation, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Croix Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip planning tool.

You can drive from Arles to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall make great kid-friendly stops. Your inner history buff will appreciate La cité médiévale and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, and walk around Parc Naturel Departemental de la Grande Corniche.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice tour site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 2 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Devote. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with aliceBoat, examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, and then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace.

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Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. March in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Florence. Bring the kids along to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. There's still lots to do: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning website.

Drive from Monte-Carlo to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Traveling from Monte-Carlo in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 4 nights

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Canal Grande and Basilica di San Marco. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico di Venezia and Cannaregio. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and don't miss a visit to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Venice, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa Borghese and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Attractions like Colosseum and Palatine Hill make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Rome to go to Bracciano and see Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, and contemplate the long history of Domus Aurea.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rome road trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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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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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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