7 days in France, Turkey & Italy Itinerary

7 days in France, Turkey & Italy Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  5 h
5
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train + Bus:  3 h 45 min
6
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Nice, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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day
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Baths
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 28th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria della Vittoria, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome road trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: highs in Rome hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Venice is slightly colder than Florence - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): make a trip to Louvre Museum, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris travel route planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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night
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally get in on the family fun at Mystery Games.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Paris to Aix-en-Provence takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in December: highs in Aix-en-Provence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Theme Parks Neighborhoods
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then make a trip to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice ©
Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice

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