12 days in Monaco, South of France & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Monaco, South of France & Paris Itinerary

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
2
Nice, France
— 2 nights
3
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Prince's Palace, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): kick back and relax at Larvotto Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and then examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo road trip app.

Portland, USA to Monte-Carlo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monte-Carlo when traveling from Portland in March, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Larvotto Beach ©
Larvotto Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): view the masterpieces at GALERIE art Le CAMELEON, take a stroll through La Croisette, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, thenexamine the collection at Palais Lascaris, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and finally wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

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Nice is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

La Croisette, GALERIE art Le CAMELEON, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville

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Marseille, France

Marseille ©
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 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Renecros, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): head off the coast to Chateau d'If, thenview the masterpieces at Galerie Alexis Pentcheff, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally look for gifts at 72% Petanque.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille visit planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Plage de Renecros
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Plage de  Renecros ©
Plage de Renecros
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Get some historical perspective at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Champs-Elysees. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, take a stroll through Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in March: high temperatures in Paris hover around °F and lows are around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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