26 days in France, Barcelona & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

26 days in France, Barcelona & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 3 nights
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Menton, France
— 8 nights

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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
For shopping fun, head to La Boqueria or Base Elements Urban Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Casa Vicens. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip builder.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. June in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 3 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Site archeologique Lattara - Musee Henri Prades and Carre Sainte-Anne. Get outdoors at Plage du Grand Travers and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Take a break from Montpellier with a short trip to Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons in Aigues-Mortes, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables, steep yourself in history at Aqueduct de Castries, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Maguelone.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Montpellier online route planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Montpellier in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 4 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palais Longchamp and Scuba & Snorkeling. Musee Granet and Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, get a taste of the local shopping with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, examine the collection at Centre de la Vieille Charite, and pedal to the sights with Trolib.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

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.
Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Castel Plage and Plage de la Mariniere. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze, and get outside with Video Top Jump.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nice tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in July: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 3 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Casino Square and Prince's Palace will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, shop like a local with Marché de la Condamine, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Devote, and try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

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Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. In July in Monte-Carlo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Menton.
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Menton, France — 8 nights

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Take a break from the city and head to Palmes Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica St. Michel and Plage du Fossan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Menton: Sospel (5 Sens Rando & Sospel Cathedral), Monastere de Saorge (in Saorge) and Tende (Collegiale Notre-Dame-De-L'Assomption & Vieux Tende). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Madone d'Utelle, stroll the grounds of Cemetery of the Old Chateau, browse the fresh offerings at Marche des Halles de Menton, and make a trip to Chapelle Saint Sebastien.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Menton trip itinerary app.

Menton is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. In July, daily temperatures in Menton can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C.
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France travel guide

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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.
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Monaco travel guide

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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.
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