28 days in Monte-Carlo & South of France Itinerary

28 days in Monte-Carlo & South of France Itinerary

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28 days in Monte-Carlo & South of France Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
2
Nice, France
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
3
Antibes, France
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
4
Cannes, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Saint-Tropez, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Porquerolles Island, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Marseille, France
— 4 nights
bus:  30​min
8
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Avignon, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Paris, France

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 2nd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, see the interesting displays at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, then don't miss a visit to Casino Square, and finally try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, admire the striking features of Prince's Palace, then examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then buy something for everyone on your list at Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo trip itinerary tool .

Paris, France to Monte-Carlo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paris in May since evenings lows in Monte-Carlo dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ©
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

3
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.
On the 4th (Sat), hunt for treasures at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, then stroll through Castel Plage, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and then examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online trip builder .

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Antibes.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

2
nights
Antibes, France

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, then enjoy the sand and surf at Juan les Pins Main Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Antibes trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monte-Carlo to Antibes in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Antibes are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Cannes.

Things to do in Antibes

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Musee Picasso ©
Musee Picasso

4
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Castre and Musee International de la Parfumerie. Lérins Islands and La Croisette will appeal to history buffs. Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to The Orange Tree Galerie (in Seillans) and Calanque de Maubois (in Saint-Raphael). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, explore the world behind art at Espace de l'Art Concret, see the interesting displays at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and pause for some serene contemplation at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance.

Make your Cannes itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Cannes is just a stone's throw from Antibes. Traveling from Antibes in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cannes, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Orange Tree Galerie, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Calanque de Maubois, Musee International de la Parfumerie, Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

4
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime and Grimaud Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Plage de Gigaro and Escalet Beach. When in Saint-Tropez, make a side trip to see Plage du Debarquement in La Croix-Valmer, approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, pick up some local products at Marche couvert, stroll through Port Grimaud Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at St. Tropez Harbor.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Saint-Tropez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In May in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Porquerolles Island.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Grimaud, Marche couvert
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet

3
nights
Porquerolles Island, France

Porquerolles Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fort Saint Agathe, get outside with Plage Notre Dame, and then stroll through Plage de la Courtade. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Anne, then explore the striking landscape at Presqu'ile de Giens, and then head outdoors with Plage d'Argent.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Porquerolles Island day trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Saint-Tropez to Porquerolles Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Porquerolles Island

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Presqu'ile de Giens
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Plage Notre Dame ©
Plage Notre Dame
Plage de la Courtade ©
Plage de la Courtade
Presqu'ile de Giens ©
Presqu'ile de Giens

4
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.
Head to L'Avenue 83 and Le Cassetin du Diablefor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Calanques and Plage du Corton. Go for a jaunt from Marseille to Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume to see Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine about 54 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Parc national des Calanques. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille journey planner.

Do a combination of ferry and train from Porquerolles Island to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cassis, Le Cassetin du Diable, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, L'Avenue 83
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Calanques ©
Calanques

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin, then admire the masterpieces at Chateau La Coste en Provence, and then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Zoo De La Barben, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and then explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip app .

Aix-en-Provence is very close to Marseille. In May in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chateau de Lourmarin, Zoo De La Barben
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Chateau La Coste en Provence ©
Chateau La Coste en Provence
Chateau de Lourmarin ©
Chateau de Lourmarin
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

3
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Le Sentier des Ocres and Ile de la Barthelasse. Head to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market and Travel in Provencefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Cave Ourouse, Domain du Banneret, & more). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner .

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Travel in Provence, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, Carrieres des Lumieres, Le Sentier des Ocres
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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