12 days in Monaco, South of France & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Monaco, South of France & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Monaco, South of France & Paris Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
+2
Fly + foot + train:  18​h
1
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Portland, United States

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then explore the historical opulence of Prince's Palace, and then examine the collection at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Larvotto Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and then examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III.

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Portland, USA to Monte-Carlo is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Portland to Monte-Carlo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in March, Monte-Carlo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train 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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with GALERIE art Le CAMELEON, then take a stroll through La Croisette, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, examine the collection at Palais Lascaris, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and finally take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Nice is very close to Monte-Carlo. In March, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Renecros, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then examine the collection at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, shop like a local with Galerie Alexis Pentcheff, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally look for gifts at 72% Petanque.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish 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

2
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in March, with highs in Paris at 53°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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