44 days in France, Spain & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

44 days in France, Spain & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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44 days in France, Spain & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

Start: Nice, France
1
Nice, France
— 1 night
2
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 31 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Antibes, France
— Few hours
train:  15​min
4
Cannes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Marbella, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Nice, France


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Obscure, then see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coco Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rue Obscure, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Lérins Islands
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

31
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.
You've added Chapelle Sainte Devote, Place du Palais, Alcyon Riviera Touring, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Prince's Palace and Vieux Monaco. Visit Casino Square and Saint Nicholas Cathedral for their historical value. There's still lots to do: try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo, Head underground at Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique), examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip tool .

Monte-Carlo is just a stone's throw from Nice. In September, daytime highs in Monte-Carlo are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 20th (Sat), you're off toAntibes.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Tours Nightlife Museums

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, La Condamine
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Alcyon Riviera Touring ©
Alcyon Riviera Touring
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

few
hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moguntia - Nage avec Dauphins, Absinthe Bar and Musee Picasso.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Antibes trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Antibes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Antibes, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Cannes.

Things to do in Antibes

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Verrerie Pierini
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Musee Picasso ©
Musee Picasso
Verrerie Pierini ©
Verrerie Pierini
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©

1
night
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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cannes driving holiday planning tool .

Cannes is just a stone's throw from Antibes. In October, daytime highs in Cannes are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You will leave for Saint-Tropez on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Cannes

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
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. On the 21st (Sun), kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Canebiers, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Tropez Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Escalet Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Cavaliere, then kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, and finally look for gifts at La maison des confitures.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez online road trip planner .

You can drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Port Grimaud Beach
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), look for gifts at Trois Fenetres and then shop like a local with Les Terrasses du Port.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marseille road trip site .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Marseille, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors
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The Panier ©
The Panier
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Plage des Catalans ©
Plage des Catalans

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Popular historic sites such as El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batllo are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at La Barceloneta and Playa de Sant Miquel. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, shop like a local with Passeig de Gracia, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and stroll through Park Guell.

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Fly from Marseille to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Marseille in October, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marbella.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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nights
Marbella, Spain

Marbella ©
Once a village of humble fishermen, Marbella is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on Spain’s world-famous Costa del Sol, boasting swanky nightclubs, classy hotels, and expensive restaurants.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcazaba and Malaga Cathedral. Head to Bodegas Cortijo Morosanto and ArtesamArtfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marbella: Ronda (Old City, Puente Nuevo, & more), Castillo de Gibralfaro (in Malaga) and Torremolinos (Playa El Bajondillo & Playa La Carihuela). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Marbella Old Quarter.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marbella trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Barcelona to Marbella in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Marbella can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Marbella

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ronda, Malaga, Torremolinos
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Playa La Carihuela ©
Playa La Carihuela
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda

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