36 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

36 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Marseille, France
— 12 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Toulon, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 4 nights
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Grasse, France
— 2 nights
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Cannes, France
— 3 nights
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Antibes, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Menton, France
— 2 nights

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Marseille, France — 12 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cassis (Plage du Corton, Trolib, &more), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Aqualand Cyr Sur Mer (in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Biere de la Plaine, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Statue of Paul Cezanne, then explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then stop by Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet.

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You can drive from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 2 nights

City of Popes

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Avignon holiday maker tool.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Avignon sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Toulon.
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Toulon, France — 2 nights

Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): learn about all things military at Musee National de la Marine, then get to know the fascinating history of Rade de Toulon, then admire the local landmark of Place Puget, and finally make a trip to Cours Lafayette.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Toulon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Toulon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Toulon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 4 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Saint-Tropez is known for museums, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor, and stop by Port Grimaud.

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You can drive from Toulon to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grasse.
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Grasse, France — 2 nights

Grasse is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department, on the French Riviera.The town is considered the world's capital of perfume. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, take in breathtaking views at Gorges du Loup, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Saint-Cezaire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee International de la Parfumerie, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame du Puy, then explore the ancient world of Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon, and finally look for gifts at 365 Fromages.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Grasse online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Grasse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 3 nights

Festival City

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.
Step out of Cannes to go to Agay and see Massif de l'Esterel, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, step aboard Vieux Port, savor the flavors at Marche Forville, and shop like a local with La Croisette.

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You can drive from Grasse to Cannes in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Antibes.
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Antibes, France — 2 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On the 13th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Marché provençal, make a trip to Le Nomade, and then explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Villa Eilenroc, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Antibes travel app.

Antibes is very close to Cannes. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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 15th (Thu): wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then make a trip to Place Massena, and finally examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip website.

Traveling by car from Antibes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nice are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, then admire the striking features of Prince's Palace, and then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, pause for some photo ops at Statue of William Grover-Williams, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Exotique de Monaco.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip maker tool.

Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. September in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Menton.
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Menton, France — 2 nights

Pearl of France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique Val Rahmeh - Menton, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of the Old Chateau, then contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Palais Carnoles. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, admire the masterpieces at Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Menton road trip planning site.

Menton is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In September, daily temperatures in Menton can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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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