31 days in Italy, Paris & Annecy Itinerary

31 days in Italy, Paris & Annecy Itinerary

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31 days in Italy, Paris & Annecy Itinerary

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

7
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Hotte du Diable and Île de la Cité. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: A Cupulatta (in Veron), Axo Plage (in Monampteuil) and Champagne Dechelle Henri et Fille (in Brasles). On the 7th (Tue), spend a peaceful day at Palace of Versailles. Spend a day of contemplation and exploration on the 9th (Thu) at Chartres Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, stroll the grounds of Aisne-Marne Memorial & Cemetery, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Annecy.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Aisne-Marne Memorial & Cemetery, Palace of Versailles, Champagne Dechelle Henri et Fille, Axo Plage, Chartres Cathedral
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Explore hidden gems such as La Rosiere and Cite Medievale de Conflans. Family-friendly places like Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere and Ski Area Les Carroz will thrill your kids. Step out of Annecy to go to Les Menuires and see St Martin de Belleville, which is approximately 1h 35 min away.

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You can take a train from Paris to Annecy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Annecy

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

La Rosiere, Ski Area Les Carroz, St Martin de Belleville, Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, Cite Medievale de Conflans
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La Rosiere ©
La Rosiere
Cite Medievale de Conflans ©
Cite Medievale de Conflans

5
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro and Rocca di Soragna. Museum-lovers will appreciate Magnani-Rocca Foundation and Castello di Bardi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cinque Terre: Isola Palmaria (in Porto Venere), Castello di Vigoleno (in Vigoleno) and Ponte Thaon di Revel (in La Spezia). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, and steep yourself in history at Palazzo della Pilotta.

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You can drive from Annecy to Cinque Terre in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Annecy in May, with highs in Cinque Terre at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palazzo della Pilotta, Castello Brown, Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca, Magnani-Rocca Foundation, Castello di Bardi
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Castello di Verrazzano will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basile Azienda Agricola Biologica and Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Fattoria Casaloste (in Panzano in Chianti) and Montalcino (Col d'Orcia, Podere Le Ripi, & more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries and examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia.

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Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

#Wineries, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Montalcino, Fattoria Casaloste, Basile Azienda Agricola Biologica, Castello di Verrazzano, Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

7
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get outdoors at Monte Velino and Riva di Polline. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vatican Museums and Trastevere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica), Orvieto (Lavanda del Lago & Duomo di Orvieto) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and wander the streets of Via Condotti.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rome, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Orvieto, Vatican City, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Monte Velino, Cascata delle Marmore
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Monte Velino ©
Monte Velino
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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