31 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

31 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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31 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  16​h
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  6​h
2
Nice, France
— Few hours
train:  30​min
3
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Avignon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Le Mans, France
— 1 night
train:  4​h
10
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Dieppe, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Vimy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Reims, France
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  17​h
End: Edmonton, Canada


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5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Moulin Rouge, Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, Pantheon, and other attractions. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

Edmonton, Canada to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Edmonton in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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hours
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and finally take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

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You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

1
night
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
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 27th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino, and finally try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monte-Carlo day trip planner .

Monte-Carlo is just a stone's throw from Nice. May in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Casinos Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monaco-Ville
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Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Place du Palais ©
Place du Palais
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You've now added Calanques to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Calanques, then stroll around Le Palais de Justice, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip maker app .

You can drive from Monte-Carlo to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

3
nights
Avignon, France

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateau des Baux de Provence, Pont du Gard and Place de l'Horloge. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avignon visit planner.

Take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pont du Gard, Chateau des Baux de Provence
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

1
night
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
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.
To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Carcassonne vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, you will find days in Carcassonne are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

4
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Maison Forte de Reignac, Lascaux Caves 4 and Grotte de Rouffignac. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Head underground at Grotte de Font de Gaume, contemplate the long history of Grotte du Grand Roc, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will leave for Chaumont-sur-Loire on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grotte de Rouffignac, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Lascaux Caves 4, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques
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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Commarque ©
Chateau de Commarque

3
nights
Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

Chaumont-sur-Loire ©
Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chaumont-sur-Loire: Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux) and La Balade des Fromages (in Blere).

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chaumont-sur-Loire trip website .

Getting from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Chaumont-sur-Loire by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Chaumont-sur-Loire, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. On the 6th (Sat), you're off toBayeux.

Things to do in Chaumont-sur-Loire

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Amboise, Chateau de Chenonceau, Troglo Degusto, La Balade des Fromages
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Troglo Degusto ©
Troglo Degusto
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

1
night
Le Mans, France

Le Mans ©
Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, and finally contemplate the long history of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Le Mans route website .

Drive from Chaumont-sur-Loire to Le Mans in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Le Mans are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Le Mans

Historic Sites Museums
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Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans ©
24 Hours of Le Mans Museum ©
24 Hours of Le Mans Museum

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to La Grande Rue and then make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Le Mans to Mont-Saint-Michel by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Le Mans in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

2
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum and then learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dieppe.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Airborne Museum, Pointe du Hoc
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

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nights
Dieppe, France

Dieppe ©
Dieppe, famous for its scallops, is a seaside resort lively all year round.
You've now added Le Memorial du 19 Aout 1942 to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, Maison du Cidre, & more) and Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Dieppe Canadian Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Chateau-Musee, and admire the landmark architecture of St Jacques Church.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dieppe planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Dieppe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Dieppe sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vimy.

Things to do in Dieppe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Honfleur, Falaises d'Etretat, Dieppe Canadian Cemetery, Palais Benedictine
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Chateau-Musee ©
Chateau-Musee
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Vieux Bassin ©
Vieux Bassin

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night
Vimy, France

Vimy ©
Vimy is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. On the 13th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, then don't miss a visit to Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Maison Blanche, then make a trip to Necropole Nationale de la Targette, and finally contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vimy online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Dieppe to Vimy takes 2.5 hours. In June in Vimy, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Reims.

Things to do in Vimy

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Neuville-Saint-Vaast, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
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2
nights
Reims, France

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Reims is known for wineries, museums, fun & games, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, learn about winemaking at Champagnes Pommery, make a trip to Place Drouet-d'Erlon, and admire the local landmark of Fontaine Sube.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Reims online trip planner .

You can drive from Vimy to Reims in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Reims are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries Historic Sites
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Champagne Taittinger ©
Champagne Taittinger
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Basilique Saint-Remi ©
Basilique Saint-Remi

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