23 days in France & Milan Itinerary

23 days in France & Milan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Gordes, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
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Cassis, France
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 6 nights
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Gordes, France

— 5 nights
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Ventoux and Les Gorges Du Toulourenc. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau des Baux de Provence and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gordes: Orange (Roman Theatre of Orange, Orange Cathedral, &more), Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Chateau de Vaudieu, Distillerie A. Blachere, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Canoe Evasion, examine the collection at Ecomusee de l’ocre, explore the ancient world of Village des Bories, and steep yourself in history at Caves du Palais Saint Firmin.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gordes trip planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Gordes is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Gordes can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Marseille.

Things to do in Gordes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:

Marseille, France

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Chateau La Coste en Provence. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathédrale La Major and Vallon des Auffes. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet (in Fontvieille), Aigues-Mortes (Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons & Chapelle des Capucins) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gordes to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 23:

Cassis, France

— 5 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Port de Cassis and Rade de Toulon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and Chateau de Berne. Change things up with these side-trips from Cassis: Vallon des Carmes (in Barjols), Les Grottes de Villecroze (in Villecroze) and Hyeres (Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères & La Route du Sel). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Presqu'ile de Giens, look for all kinds of wild species at La Calanque de Figuerolles, get outside with Calanque de Port-Miou, and contemplate the long history of Chartreuse de la Verne.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cassis online day trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Cassis in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Cassis sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

Milan, Italy

— 6 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monumental Cemetery and Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo di Castelvecchio and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of San Bernardino (in Lallio), Basilica di Santa Anastasia (in Verona) and Bergamo (Piazza Vecchia, Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cassis to Milan by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. July in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 3:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.