47 days in France, Monte-Carlo & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

47 days in France, Monte-Carlo & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

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47 days in France, Monte-Carlo & Andorra la Vella Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Drive:  15​h 30​min
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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
2
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
tram + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
6
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
11
Tours, France
— 4 nights
12
Nantes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
14
Lille, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
15
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
16
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Chamonix, France

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Lac Blanc and then get great views at Aiguille du Midi.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix tour itinerary planner.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Chamonix is an approximately 18-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Lac Blanc ©
Lac Blanc

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, trails, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

Before you visit Lyon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Golf
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

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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 20th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then steep yourself in history at Prince's Palace, and then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

Plan trip to Monte-Carlo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Monte-Carlo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monte-Carlo when traveling from Lyon in July, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jardin Exotique de Monaco, Prince's Palace
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Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

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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.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Saint-Paul de Vence in St-Paul-de-Vence, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip builder site .

Nice is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Marineland, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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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.
On the 25th (Thu), savor the flavors at Marche Forville and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands. On the next day, shop like a local with La Croisette and then take a stroll through Le Suquet.

Plan trip to Cannes with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Nice to Cannes by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cannes, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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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.
Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc national des Calanques. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and make a trip to Chateau d'If.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille road trip planning tool .

Drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques

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Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Andorra la Vella ©
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
On the next day, get in on the family fun at Naturlandia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa de la Vall.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Andorra la Vella trip builder site .

You can drive from Marseille to Andorra la Vella in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Parks Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Santuario de Meritxell, Naturlandia
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Naturlandia ©
Naturlandia
Casa de la Vall ©
Casa de la Vall
Santuario de Meritxell ©
Santuario de Meritxell

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Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Toulouse is known for historic sites, fun & games, museums, childrens museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, contemplate the waterfront views at Garonne, engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, and admire the masterpieces at Fondation Bemberg.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse day trip website .

Traveling by car from Andorra la Vella to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Musee des Augustins ©
Musee des Augustins

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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
You've added Lascaux II, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, Cite Religieuse, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Puymartin, hunt for treasures at Sarlat Market, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdosb.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda tour planning app .

You can drive from Toulouse to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Toulouse in August, Sarlat-la-Caneda is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Cite Religieuse, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Lascaux II, Chateau de Beynac
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Chateau de Puymartin ©
Chateau de Puymartin
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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Bordeaux, France

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the striking features of Pey-Berland Tower and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Pont de Pierre and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

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

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for Tours.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

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Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Tours is known for museums, parks, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, stroll around Jardins des Prebendes d'Oe, see the interesting displays at Musee du Compagnonnage, and don't miss a visit to Basilique Saint Martin.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tours tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Bordeaux to Tours by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Tours sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Nantes.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Cathedrale Saint-Gatien ©
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien
Jardins des Prebendes d'Oe ©
Jardins des Prebendes d'Oe
Hotel de Ville de Tours ©
Hotel de Ville de Tours

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Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Nantes is known for museums, historic sites, parks, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, take a stroll through Village de Trentemoult, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, and admire the landmark architecture of Tour Bretagne.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nantes itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Tours to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Nantes sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Parc de Proce ©
Parc de Proce
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

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Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 19th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Musee Baron Gerard, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, make a trip to Reporters Memorial, and then take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nantes to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Bayeux sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

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Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, take a stroll through Vieux-Lille, contemplate the long history of Old Stock Exchange, admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, then make a trip to Grande Place, and finally get your game on at Le Waf. On your second day here, examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, browse the collection at Librairie Furet du Nord, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lille Zoo, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lille trip planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Lille in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Lille, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Lille to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, wander the streets of La Petite France, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg travel itinerary planner .

Take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Palais de Rohan ©
Palais de Rohan

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