16 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

16 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Grenoble, France
— 4 nights
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Avignon, France
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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Nice, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Ile Saint-Louis, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks
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Dijon, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Place de la Liberation, examine the collection at Mulot & Petitjean, make a trip to Hotel de Vogue, then stroll around Parc des Carrieres Bacquin, then head outdoors with Lac Kir, and finally get outside with In'Forest.

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You can take a train from Paris to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Dijon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Museums

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Lyon, France

— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safari de Peaugres and Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine. Go for a jaunt from Lyon to La Balme-les-Grottes to see Les Grottes de La Balme about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, and ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins.

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Traveling by car from Dijon to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Grenoble, France

— 4 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Parc Paul Mistral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Parc Naturel Regional de Chartreuse (in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse), La Magie des Automates (in Lans-en-Vercors) and Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme (in Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Montagne, don't miss a visit to Fort de la Bastille, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint Andre, and contemplate the long history of Ancien palais du Parlement de Dauphine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Grenoble day trip planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in July; daily highs in Grenoble reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then step off the mainland to explore Ile de la Barthelasse, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Canoe Evasion, explore the ancient world of Forteresse de Mornas, then get great views at Colline Saint-Eutrope, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Grenoble to Avignon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grenoble in July, with highs in Avignon at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Monaco-Ville, Monaco

— 1 night
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Grimaldi Statue and then contemplate the long history of Prince's Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monaco-Ville vacation planner.

Getting from Avignon to Monaco-Ville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Avignon in July, plan for slightly colder days in Monaco-Ville, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Historic Sites
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Nice, France

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Promenade du Paillon and Massena Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup) and Gorges du Loup (in Grasse). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take a leisurely stroll along Quai des Etats Unis, make a trip to Place Massena, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice travel itinerary planner.

Nice is just a stone's throw from Monaco-Ville. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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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.