19 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael, France
— 1 night
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Avignon, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Siena, Italy — 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Siena: San Gimignano (Church of Sant'Agostino, Guardastelle Vineyard, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, gain insight at Scuola di Cucina di Lella, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Siena online day trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Siena is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Siena due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Siena, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Cinque Terre.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cinque Terre side-trips: Lucca (Le mura di Lucca & Fattoria al Dotto), Pisa (Piazza dei Miracoli & Leaning Tower of Pisa) and La Terrazza Luminosa (in Massa). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, head outdoors with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, and take a stroll through Boccadasse.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cinque Terre online day trip planner.

Getting from Siena to Cinque Terre by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Nice, France — 4 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: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). The adventure continues: visit Old Town, steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nice online travel planner.

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. Traveling from Cinque Terre in September, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Saint-Raphael, France — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, Saint-Raphael is a bit cooler at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stop by The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille travel website.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and then awaken your taste buds at Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 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: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online road trip planner.

You can fly from Avignon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in September, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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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.

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.