11 days in France, Monaco & Geneva Itinerary

11 days in France, Monaco & Geneva Itinerary

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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
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Cannes, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Marseille, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Samena. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, then have some family-friendly fun at Le Bois des Lutins, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

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Frankfurt, Germany to Marseille is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in July: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 36°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Aix-en-Provence, France

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Cannes, France

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) and then head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes journey planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Cannes, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
On the 18th (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland and then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Place Massena, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cannes in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco and then kick back and relax at Larvotto Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monte-Carlo trip builder site.

Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Saint-Tropez, France

— 1 night
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 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at La Ponche Beach, then kick back and relax at Plage de Gigaro, and then kick back and relax at Plage de l'Escalet.

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Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Monte-Carlo in July, you will find days in Saint-Tropez are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are slightly colder (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Montpellier, France

— 1 night
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 22nd (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then do a tasting at Bertrand Bosc, and then steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Montpellier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in July, plan for slightly colder days in Montpellier, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Wineries · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

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 23rd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lyon tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Montpellier to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Geneva holiday tool.

Drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

4.3
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.

Monaco travel guide

4.2
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.