16 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

16 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

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16 days in France & Monaco Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  13 h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tours, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h
End: Vancouver, Canada


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4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris online tour itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Tours.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tours road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Tours in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Tours sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Villandry
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dune du Pilat. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Dune du Pilat, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and then see the interesting displays at La Cite du Vin. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Place Parlement.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planner.

You can take a train from Tours to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dune du Pilat
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Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Place Parlement ©
Place Parlement

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): do a tasting at O'Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then visit Cité de Carcassonne.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne travel route builder website.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Place Massena, then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip maker site.

Drive from Carcassonne to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
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.
Larvotto Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Place du Palais. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace and then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo trip tool.

Monte-Carlo is very close to Nice. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

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
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Larvotto Beach ©
Larvotto Beach

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
You've now added The Paris Catacombs to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Thu), stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris day trip tool.

Getting from Monte-Carlo to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Monte-Carlo in September; daily highs in Paris reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites
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The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs
Pont Alexandre III ©
Pont Alexandre III
Hotel de Ville ©
Hotel de Ville

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