16 days in France & Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in France & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Versailles, France
— 1 day
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Tours, France
— 2 nights
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Dijon, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 day
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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 9th (Sun): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Fort Smith, USA to Paris is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Smith to Paris is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Smith in October: high temperatures in Paris hover around 62°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Versailles.
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Versailles, France — 1 day

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 11th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles and then make a trip to The Water Parterres.

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You can drive from Paris to Versailles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Versailles are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tours.
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Tours, France — 2 nights

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 12th (Wed), ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville de Tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, then examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage, and finally go for a walk through Place Plumereau. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique de Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tours trip planning app.

Getting from Versailles to Tours by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 2 nights

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 14th (Fri), examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, then learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dijon online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tours to Dijon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 1 night

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 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then don't miss a visit to Fresque La Bibliotheque de la Cite, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

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You can drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 17th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Milan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Milan are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

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 18th (Tue): make a trip to Borgo Antico, make a trip to Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis, then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, and then stroll around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre travel route builder site.

You can drive from Milan to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Milan in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cinque Terre: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Verona.
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Verona, Italy — 2 nights

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 20th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Museo di Castelvecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta, then contemplate the long history of Piazza delle Erbe, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, and finally catch a live performance at Arena di Verona. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Castello Scaligero, then admire the ancient design of Spa Termale Aquaria, and then find something for the whole family at Gardaland Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Verona road trip planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Verona by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Cinque Terre in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Verona: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip planning app.

Drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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