36 days in France & Italy Itinerary

36 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Rouen, France
— 4 nights
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Honfleur, France
— 3 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
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Perros-Guirec, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo, France
— 2 nights
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Vannes, France
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Vatican City, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rouen, France — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Appreciate the collections at Fondation Claude Monet and Musee de Dieppe. Get outdoors at Parc de Cleres and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon (in La Roche-Guyon), Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy) and Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, admire the striking features of Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, contemplate the long history of Manoir d'Ango, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jacques.

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Toronto, Canada to Rouen is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Rouen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Rouen is a bit cooler than Toronto - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur, France — 3 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Eglise Saint-Leonard, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by Compagnie des Calvados La Cave Honfleuraise, then steep yourself in history at Greniers a sel de Honfleur, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Flots, grab your bike and head to La Plage du Havre, see what you can catch with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montivilliers.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Honfleur vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Honfleur sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Normandy American Cemetery and Musee Baron Gerard. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee D-Day Omaha. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Caen (Eglise Saint-Pierre & Museum of Fine Arts of Caen). There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Balleroy, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of Musée de Normandie.

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You can drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec, France — 2 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Maison du Littoral, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Saint-Guirec, and finally enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des Douaniers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at 'Eglise de Saint Jacques, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuit de la pointe de l'Arcouest, then take some stellar pictures from Chapelle Saint-Michel, and finally don't miss a visit to La Chapelle Saint Gonery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Perros-Guirec travel planning app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo, France — 2 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau - Tour du Coetquen, don't miss a visit to Porte du Jerzual, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Lehon, then make a trip to La Tour de l'Horloge, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Dinan. Keep things going the next day: trek along GR 34, then head off the coast to Le Grand Be, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Bon-Secours, and finally look for gifts at Patisserie Chocolaterie Philippe BOUVIER.

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Drive from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vannes.
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Vannes, France — 2 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Cornely, then explore the striking landscape at Geant du Manio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Colomban, and finally look for gifts at Stop Andouilles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patern, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire et d'Archeologie, and then steep yourself in history at Place Saint-Pierre.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vannes tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Vannes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vannes are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Naples.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Naples, Italy — 5 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Posillipo, Catacombe di San Gennaro, and other attractions you added. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Neapolis Buried and Galleria Borbonica. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Casa del Fauno. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Pompeii (Casa del Poeta Tragico, Terme del Foro, &more) and Sperlonga (Villa Di Tiberio, Museo Archeologico Nazionale e area archeologica di Sperlonga, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Catacombe di San Gaudioso, delve into the distant past at Teatro Grande, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, and get engrossed in the history at Museo delle Torture.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Naples day trip app.

Traveling by car from Vannes to Naples takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Vannes in September, expect Naples to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 5 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
For shopping fun, head to Miniaci Art Gallery or Absolute Positano. You'll explore and learn at Museo della Carta and Correale di Terranova Museum. Explore Positano's surroundings by going to Spiaggia di Atrani (in Atrani), Ravello (Ravello - Atrani Walk, Duomo di Ravello, &more) and Amalfi (Cloister del Paradiso, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, do a tasting at I Giardini di Cataldo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arienzo Beach Club, Positano.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Positano day trip planning app.

Getting from Naples to Positano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Positano sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Palatine Hill has been added to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome road trip planning website.

You can drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rome when traveling from Positano in September, with lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Vatican City.
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Vatican City, Italy — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vatican Museums and Centro Storico di Ceri. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vatican Grottoes and L'Anfiteatro. Change things up with these side-trips from Vatican City: Cantina Castello di Torre in Pietra (in Torrimpietra), Ceri (Santuario Madonna Di Ceri & Borgo di Ceri) and Cascata di Castel Giuliano (in Castel Giuliano). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Campo Santo Teutonico, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square, admire the striking features of Cortile della Pigna, and get engrossed in the history at Apolistic Palace.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Vatican City trip planner.

Vatican City is very close to Rome. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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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Brittany travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.
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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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Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.
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