19 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Siena, Italy
— 6 nights


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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip maker app.

Seattle, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Paris. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly to Aix-en-Provence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille), Nice (Place Massena, Colline du Chateau overlook, &more) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's much more to do: take a stroll through La Croisette, indulge your taste buds at Marche Forville, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence trip builder app.

Getting from Paris to Aix-en-Provence by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Aix-en-Provence reach 79°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Cinque Terre, Italy — 3 nights

Italian Riviera

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: Genoa (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, Aquarium of Genoa, &more). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinque Terre footpaths, and explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre visit site.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Cinque Terre in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Siena.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Siena, Italy — 6 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fattoria Casa Sola (in Barberino Val d'Elsa), Museo della Porziuncola (in Santa Maria degli Angeli) and Assisi (Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, Eremo delle Carceri, &more). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, learn about winemaking at Guardastelle Vineyard, browse the exhibits of Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, and gain insight at Scuola di Cucina di Lella.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Siena travel planner.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Siena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Siena are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours
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France travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.