41 days in Italy & France Itinerary

41 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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41 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  25​h
1
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
2
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
La Spezia, Italy
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly + tram:  3​h 15​min
6
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Paris, France
— 5 nights
8
Rouen, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Etretat, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  30​h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare), Castiglione (Spiaggia di castiglione & Lido di Ravello) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi). Spend the 26th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, contemplate the long history of Pompeii Archaeological Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Naples online tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Naples is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Naples, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Naples to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Ravello, Le Vigne di Raito, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

4
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planning website .

Take a train from Naples to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rome are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to La Spezia.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia ©
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Enoteca la Civilta del Bere e Altro, walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, then steep yourself in history at Villa Marmori, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally stroll through Monesteroli.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Spezia day trip site .

Getting from Rome to La Spezia by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in La Spezia, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Room Escape Games
Enoteca la Civilta del Bere e Altro ©

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Canyon Park (in Bagni di Lucca) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's lots more to do: hike along Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cinque Terre Trails, and explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary builder app .

Cinque Terre is just a stone's throw from La Spezia. In July in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Canyon Park, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cinque Terre footpaths ©
Cinque Terre footpaths
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), River Rafting & Tubing (in Breil-sur-Roya) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, make a trip to Place Massena, get outside with Nikaia Glisse, and get in on the family fun at Le Village des Fous.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nice travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Cinque Terre in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Villeneuve-Loubet, Marineland, Waterworld lake of gaudrade, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Lérins Islands
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Pitchoun Forest ©
Pitchoun Forest

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Lyon. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Plan trip to Lyon with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Nice to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lyon when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
SENSAS Lyon ©
SENSAS Lyon

5
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Louvre Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

You can take a train from Lyon to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. While traveling from Lyon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
The Live Thriller ©
The Live Thriller

4
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire (in Pont-L'Eveque), Parc de Cleres (in Cleres) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and find something for the whole family at Parc du Bocasse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen planner .

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, Rouen is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Le Bois des Aigles, Parc du Bocasse, Parc de Cleres, Fondation Claude Monet, Cerza
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Le Bois des Aigles ©
Le Bois des Aigles
Parc du Bocasse ©
Parc du Bocasse
Cerza ©
Cerza

2
nights
Etretat, France

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at The Pinnacle L'Aiguille Creuse, get outside with Cote d'Albatre, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Les Cressonnieres, then head outdoors with Le Fleuve La Veules, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Du Tilleul, and finally don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Etretat road trip planning app .

Drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Etretat sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Veules-les-Roses, Plage Du Tilleul
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Le Fleuve La Veules ©
Le Fleuve La Veules
Porte d’Aval ©
Porte d’Aval

3
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise), Les parcs a huitres (in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue) and Vallee des Moulins (in Fermanville). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll through Omaha Beach, and find something for the whole family at Festyland Parc.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online itinerary builder .

Drive from Etretat to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Omaha Beach, Grottes de Jobourg, Vallee des Moulins, Normandy American Cemetery
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery

3
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 28th (Tue), admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel and then get to know the resident critters at Zoo de Champrepus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then head outdoors with Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then cool off at Alligator Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online attractions planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Pointe D'Agon, Alligator Bay, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Zoo de Champrepus, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Zoo de Champrepus ©
Zoo de Champrepus
Pointe D'Agon ©
Pointe D'Agon

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