21 days in France, Italy & London Itinerary

21 days in France, Italy & London Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chartres, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Versailles, France
— 1 day
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris, France
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the landmark architecture of Tower of London, and see the interesting displays at The British Museum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read London road trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport, London St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International Rail Station, South Cape (Zuid-Kaap) Airport (nonexistent / spam) and Ashford International Rail Station. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris online tour planner.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chartres.
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Chartres, France — 1 night

Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
On the 25th (Thu), wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area, make a trip to église St Pierre, then steep yourself in history at La Maison Picassiette, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Maintenon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chartres journey planner.

You can drive from Paris to Chartres in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Chartres can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Versailles.
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Versailles, France — 1 day

Royal Paradise

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles and then don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Versailles trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chartres to Versailles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Versailles are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

Getting from Versailles to Bayeux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France

City of Light

On the 29th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde and then explore the galleries of Louvre Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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 (Tue): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, make a trip to Prato della Valle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Florence planning website.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night.
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France travel guide

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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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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.
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