26 days in Italy, Annecy & Paris Itinerary

26 days in Italy, Annecy & Paris Itinerary

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26 days in Italy, Annecy & Paris Itinerary

Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
Annecy, France
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
Melbourne, Australia

5
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vatican Museums and Albaneto. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and Passeggiata di Gianicolo for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Monte Velino (in Avezzano) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

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Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Rome at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore, Monte Velino, Albaneto
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Monte Velino ©
Monte Velino
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Siena Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria. Kids will enjoy Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Radda in Chianti (Podere L'Aja, Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm, & more), Le Miccine (in Gaiole in Chianti) and Terre di Perseto (in San Casciano in Val di Pesa). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tuscany MTB Guide, and contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Wineries

Side Trips

Radda in Chianti, Siena, Tuscany MTB Guide, Le Miccine, Terre di Perseto
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Siena Cathedral ©
Siena Cathedral

5
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.
Visiting Baia del Silenzio and Parco Regionale dell'Aveto will get you outdoors. Head to Vernazza and Art in Banchifor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Emasail (in La Spezia), Porto Venere (De Gustibus & Portovenere) and Stretti di Giaredo (in Pontremoli). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca, learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon, look for gifts at Il Laboratorio del Pesto, and get to know the fascinating history of Cinque Terre Trails.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Porto Venere, Il Laboratorio del Pesto, Emasail, Stretti di Giaredo, Parco Regionale dell'Aveto
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Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Portovenere ©
Portovenere

5
days
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Attractions like Reserve Naturelle and L'Escargotiere d'Arno make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aiguille du Midi and Lac d'Annecy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: Elevage de Rennes (in Megeve), Lac Vert (Passy) (in Passy) and Cormet d'Areches (in Areches). There's more to do: head outdoors with Little St Bernard Pass and fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Annecy day trip app .

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Annecy takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cinque Terre in May: high temperatures in Annecy hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Annecy

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Macot-la-Plagne, L'Escargotiere d'Arno, Little St Bernard Pass, Aiguille du Midi, Reserve Naturelle
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
L'Escargotiere d'Arno ©
L'Escargotiere d'Arno

5
days
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.
Champs-Elysees and Île de la Cité will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Annecy to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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