60 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

60 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Nice, France
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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Marseille, France
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Paris, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip site.

Indianapolis, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Paris is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in January; daily highs in Paris reach 45°F and lows reach 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Nice, France — 1 night

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 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 56°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 1 night

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 5th (Thu), Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, see the interesting displays at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, then get to know the fascinating history of Casino Square, and finally admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo online trip itinerary planner.

Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. January in Monte-Carlo sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 55 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Avignon (Eglise St Symphorien, Pont d'Avignon, &more), Toulon (Rade de Toulon, Hotel des Arts, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Le Tour de l'Horloge, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, walk around Parc du Mugel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Mai.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Monte-Carlo to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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