8 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

8 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

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Montpellier, France
— 1 day
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Cannes, France
— 1 night
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La Condamine, Monaco
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France

— 1 day
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Planet Ocean Montpellier, meet the residents at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Montpellier trip maker site.

Porto, Portugal to Montpellier is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · 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.
On the 3rd (Sun), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Montpellier to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Avignon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours
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Aix-en-Provence, France

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at O Delices de Brice, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then stop by Cours Mirabeau, and finally contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence attractions planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marseille journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites

Cannes, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Colgan's Brewery, wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cannes sightseeing website.

Drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Cannes, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Condamine.

Things to do in Cannes

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

La Condamine, Monaco

— 1 night
La Condamine is the central Ward in the Principality of Monaco. On the 8th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then get to know the fascinating history of Casino Square, and finally try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Condamine trip planner.

Drive from Cannes to La Condamine in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in La Condamine are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in La Condamine

Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Place Massena, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice tour itinerary planning app.

Nice is very close to La Condamine. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.

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.