8 days in France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Cannes, France
— 1 night
Cassis, France
— 2 nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Bus to Nice, Fly to Durham


Nice, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then make a trip to Place Massena, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nice road trip site.

Durham, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Durham in April, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cannes.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Cannes, France — 1 night

Festival City

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then head off the coast to Ile Saint-Honorat, and then make a trip to Le Monastere Fortifie.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes visit app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Cannes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Cassis.
Nature · Parks · Fun & Games
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Cassis, France — 2 nights

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take some stellar pictures from La Croix radieuse Du Point Sublime du Faron, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rade de Toulon, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Mai. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Route des Cretes, then see Trolib, and then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Cassis.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cassis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Cassis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 2 nights

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 3rd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Princess Grace Botanical Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then don't miss a visit to Place du Palais, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Devote.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monte-Carlo route planning website.

Drive from Cassis to Monte-Carlo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Cassis in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monte-Carlo: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 57°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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France travel guide

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.