43 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

43 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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43 days in France & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  21​h
1
La Rochelle, France
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Nice, France
— 14 nights
train:  30​min
3
Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Paris, France
— 13 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: Portland, United States

10
nights
La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Bordeaux (Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), Place Parlement, & more), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses). Spend the 9th (Wed) in the animal kingdom at La Vallee des Singes. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, take in the waterfront activity at Port du Plomb, take an in-depth tour of New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde), and head outdoors with Sports Nautiques Sablais.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle trip itinerary maker site .

Portland, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Portland to La Rochelle due to the time zone difference. September in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bordeaux, Puy du Fou, Sports Nautiques Sablais, Chateau Royal de Cognac, Le Grand Defi
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Puy du Fou ©
Puy du Fou
Futuroscope ©
Futuroscope
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle

14
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Cannes (La Croix-des-Gardes & Square Mistral) and Antibes (Villa Eilenroc, Old Town, & more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and get to know the resident critters at Marineland.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nice trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from La Rochelle to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from La Rochelle in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Antibes, Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, River Rafting & Tubing
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Aquabike by Fl'eau ©
Aquabike by Fl'eau
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Monaco-Ville ©
Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Monaco-Ville is known for historic sites, parks, casinos, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Prince's Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, and contemplate the long history of Vieux Monaco.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monaco-Ville trip builder tool .

Monaco-Ville is very close to Nice. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace

13
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Rouen (Historial Jeanne d’Arc, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary site .

Getting from Monaco-Ville to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Monaco-Ville in October: high temperatures in Paris hover around 62°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Rouen, Versailles, Fondation Claude Monet, Triumphal Arch
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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