12 days in Italy, France & Monaco Itinerary

12 days in Italy, France & Monaco Itinerary

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La Teste-de-Buch, France
— 1 day
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Cannes, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Genoa, Italy
— 1 night
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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La Teste-de-Buch, France — 1 day

La Teste-de-Buch is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.It is located on the south shore of Arcachon Bay, lying in the southwestern part of Gironde.It is the largest of four communes that comprise the (COBAS), a small metropolitan area of 54,204 population (1999 census). On the 2nd (Tue), get in on the family fun at Bassin Aventures.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Teste-de-Buch trip itinerary planner.

Bordeaux to La Teste-de-Buch is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. August in La Teste-de-Buch sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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 3rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from La Teste-de-Buch to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Montpellier.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally see the interesting displays at Le Pavillon Populaire.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Montpellier planner.

Fly from Paris to Montpellier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in August; daily highs in Montpellier reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 1 night

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 6th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then get outside with Archipel Loisirs Nautique, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Calanque de Callelongue.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marseille day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Sun), hike along La Pointe de l'Aiguille, then step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Honorat, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally take in the waterfront at Vieux Port.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes road trip site.

You can drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Cannes, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 1 night

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 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Harbor (La Darse), head outdoors with Cap Ferrat Diving, then make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier, and finally browse the exhibits of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cannes in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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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 9th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, and finally tour or see a show at Grimaldi Forum.

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Monte-Carlo is just a stone's throw from Nice. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Genoa.
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Genoa, Italy — 1 night

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Piazza De Ferrari, take a leisurely stroll along Old Port, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Genoa online attractions planner.

You can drive from Monte-Carlo to Genoa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Genoa, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pisa.
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Pisa, Italy — 1 night

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 11th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi), admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Pisa, steep yourself in history at Camposanto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, then take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, and finally make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pisa day trip site.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Pisa, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 1 night

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence vacation builder.

Drive from Pisa to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Villa Borghese, ponder the design of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, have fun and explore at Welcome To Rome, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.
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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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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