41 days in Italy & France Itinerary

41 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Fly to Rome, Train to Naples
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Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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La Spezia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rouen, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Etretat, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy

— 4 nights
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: Castiglione (Spiaggia di castiglione & Lido di Ravello), Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Positano (Fornillo, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Pompeii Archaeological Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, stroll through Lido Capo di Conca, and see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naples trip itinerary planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Naples is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Naples. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Naples reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, make a trip to Spanish Steps, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Rome sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to La Spezia.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

La Spezia, Italy

— 1 night
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. On the 2nd (Thu), do a tasting at Enoteca la Civilta del Bere e Altro, stroll around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Marmori, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monesteroli.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Spezia trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Rome to La Spezia by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder nights in La Spezia, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wineries
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Cinque Terre, Italy

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Canyon Park (in Bagni di Lucca) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, trek along Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, do a tasting at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink, and stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from La Spezia to Cinque Terre in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or ride a ferry. July in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Nice, France

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Breil-sur-Roya), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, look for gifts at VinAzur - Vins de provence, delve into the lush surroundings at Pitchoun Forest, and kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Nice by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Cinque Terre, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally get your game on at SENSAS Lyon. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lyon when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Le Marais, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner.

You can take a train from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Rouen, France

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience (in Pont-L'Eveque), Parc de Cleres (in Cleres) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and find something for the whole family at Cahem.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, Rouen is a bit cooler than Paris - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Etretat, France

— 2 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at L'Aiguille Creuse, get outside with Cote d'Albatre, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and finally explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Cressonnieres, get outside with Le Fleuve La Veules, then kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, and finally make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Etretat online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Etretat takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Bayeux, France

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise), Vallee des Moulins (in Fermanville) and Les parcs a huitres (in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, get in on the family fun at Festyland Parc, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel and then get to know the resident critters at Zoo de Champrepus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then cool off at Alligator Bay.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.