16 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

16 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly + Tram:  11 h 30 min
1
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Saint-Tropez, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Montreal, Canada

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then snap pictures at Passerelle du Palais de Justice, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Confluences.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lyon day trip website.

Montreal, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Montreal to Lyon, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Lyon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

3
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo, make a trip to Calanque de Morgiou, and explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marseille tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Port Grimaud, Distillerie A. Blachere
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Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

3
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Canebiers, then take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and then learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, and then take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez trip itinerary site.

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage des Canebiers ©
Plage des Canebiers
St. Tropez Harbor ©
St. Tropez Harbor

2
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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.
On the 16th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands and then take a stroll through Le Suquet. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Sac a Main en Liege, then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Frejus, Massif de l'Esterel
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

3
nights
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Take a train from Cannes to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Marineland
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Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

2
nights
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.
Monte-Carlo is known for zoos & aquariums, casinos, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, admire the striking features of Place du Palais, see the interesting displays at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip planner.

Monte-Carlo is just a stone's throw from Nice. In May in Monte-Carlo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo

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