14 days in South of France & Lake Como Itinerary

14 days in South of France & Lake Como Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Avignon, France
— 4 nights
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Tremezzina
Tremezzina, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus to Lugano, Stazione Nord, Train to Zurich, Fly to Washington Dulles


Nice, France

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa Kerylos and Old Harbor (La Darse). Vieille Ville and The Church of Èze will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Mala Beach Coastal Path in Cap d'Ail, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, cruise along Tete de Chien, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Mariniere.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: highs in Nice hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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Avignon, France

— 4 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get in touch with nature at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue and Ile de la Barthelasse. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais des Papes and Musee du Petit Palais. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Chateau de Pape Jean XXII & Chateau de la Gardine), Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)) and Arc de Triomphe (in Orange). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint Pierre, contemplate the long history of Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon, and do a tasting at Vignobles Mayard.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Avignon road trip app.

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in August, Avignon is little chillier at night with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

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Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, head outdoors with Calanque du Sugiton, then get outside with Calanque d'En-Vau, and finally get outside with Cape Canaille. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Foreign Legion, and finally admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo.

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Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tremezzina.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Tremezzina, Italy

— 2 nights
The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, then choose your vessel at Turati Centro Nautico Lario, and then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tremezzina trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marseille to Tremezzina. In August, daily temperatures in Tremezzina can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tremezzina

Tours · Transportation · Outdoors · Parks

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Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."