8 days in Italy & Nice Itinerary

8 days in Italy & Nice Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Genoa, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Portofino, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  17 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

2
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nice online trip itinerary builder.

Vancouver, Canada to Nice is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

1
night
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take a stroll through Boccadasse, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Genoa holiday planner.

You can drive from Nice to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Portofino.

Things to do in Genoa

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Neighborhoods
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

1
night
Portofino, Italy

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria d'Arte Portofino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, then go for a stroll along the water at Marina di Portofino, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Portofino trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Genoa to Portofino in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Area Marina Protetta Portofino ©
Area Marina Protetta Portofino

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the striking features of Our Lady of the Salvation, trek along Cinque Terre footpaths, then trek along Cinque Terre Trails, then trek along Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, and finally take some stellar pictures from Bar Terza Terra. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll around Vernazza, then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Portofino to Cinque Terre takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Portofino in September since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

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