12 days in France & Italy Itinerary

12 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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12 days in France & Italy Itinerary

Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h
Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Iseo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  26​h
Melbourne, Australia

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and finally shop like a local with Le Marais.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris holiday planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in June; daily highs in Paris reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Carcassonne Center.

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#Neighborhoods, #Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis

1
day
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and then step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne.

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You can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Paris to Carcassonne Center in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

#Historic Sites
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ©
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

2
days
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres de Lumieres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Aix-en-Provence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence
Vieil Aix ©
Vieil Aix

2
days
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

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Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Cinque Terre by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Iseo.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

#Trails, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca
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1
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Iseo, Italy

Iseo ©
On the 6th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Brescia Castle and then explore the activities along Lago d'Iseo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Iseo trip planner .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Iseo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Iseo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Iseo

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brescia Castle
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Lago d'Iseo ©
Lago d'Iseo
Brescia Castle ©
Brescia Castle

1
day
Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, and then admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Como trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Iseo to Como takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Como

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tremezzina, i Giardini di Villa Melzi
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi

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