58 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 11 nights
Fly to Nice, Bus to Monte-Carlo
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Arles, France
— 1 night
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Nimes, France
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 5 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Chambord, France
— 2 nights
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Fontainebleau, France
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 3 nights
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Versailles, France
— 2 nights
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Le Port-Marly, France
— 1 day
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Paris, France
— 12 nights
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Lyon, France — 11 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Dijon (Palace of the Dukes, Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, &more), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Le Puy-en-Velay (Cathedrale Notre-Dame & Chapelle des Penitents). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Mur des Canuts, examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Lyon trip builder.

Milan, Italy to Lyon is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. April in Lyon sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. You'll set off for Monte-Carlo on the 6th (Sat).
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, make a trip to Place du Palais, then make a trip to Prince's Palace, and finally try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Lyon to Monte-Carlo by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lyon in May since evenings lows in Monte-Carlo dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more) and Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, take a stroll through The Panier, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.
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Arles, France — 1 night

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Arles planning tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Arles sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nimes.
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Nimes, France — 4 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Get out of town with these interesting Nimes side-trips: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, browse the eclectic array of goods at Les Halles, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nimes journey planner.

Getting from Arles to Nimes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nimes are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Albi (Hotel Reynes, Place Savene, &more) and Toulouse (Le Capitole, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne travel route builder.

You can drive from Nimes to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France — 3 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Sarlat-la-Caneda is known for sightseeing, shopping, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, hunt for treasures at Sarlat Market, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and pause for some photo ops at Le Badaud de Sarlat.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sarlat-la-Caneda can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chambord.
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Chambord, France — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Villesavin, contemplate the long history of Domaine National de Chambord, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Louis de Chambord. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, then see the interesting displays at Musee automobile MATRA, and then admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Beaugency.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chambord journey maker website.

Getting from Bordeaux to Chambord by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bordeaux in May, with highs in Chambord at 65°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Fontainebleau.
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Fontainebleau, France — 3 nights

Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at Reflexologie Avon, surround yourself with nature on Evasion Canine, then admire the striking features of Chateau de Fontainebleau, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Louis de Fontainebleau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau), then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, then relax in the rural setting at La Chevre Rit, and finally wander the streets of Moret-sur-Loing.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Fontainebleau itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chambord to Fontainebleau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Fontainebleau, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 3 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres), Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James) and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to Grand Degre, look for gifts at L'Atelier Gourmet, and pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel online day trip planner.

You can fly from Fontainebleau to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Versailles.
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Versailles, France — 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 7th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles. On the next day, walk around Jardins du Chateau de Versailles, admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, then get engrossed in the history at The Hall of Mirrors, and finally make a trip to The Water Parterres.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Versailles journey maker website.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Versailles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Le Port-Marly.
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Le Port-Marly, France — 1 day

Le Port-Marly is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France in north-central France. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Parc de Marly.

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Le Port-Marly is very close to Versailles. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France — 12 nights

City of Light

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Amiens (St-Leu & Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stop by Le Marais.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Le Port-Marly to Paris in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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