59 days in France & Italy Itinerary

59 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix, France
— 5 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly
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Positano, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
Fly
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Chamonix, France — 5 nights

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Go for a jaunt from Chamonix to Annecy to see Lake Annecy about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, and take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix road trip website.

New York City, USA to Chamonix is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Piazza delle Erbe, &more) and Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Prato della Valle). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see photos and tourist information, you can read our Venice tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Positano.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Positano, Italy — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Ravello (Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, &more), Amalfi (Amalfi Coast Drive, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more) and Piazza Tasso (in Sorrento). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Walk of the Gods, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arienzo Beach Club, Positano.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Positano trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Positano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome route planner.

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. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poggio Amorelli (in Castellina In Chianti), Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and San Michele in Foro (in Lucca). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Florence online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, Florence is a bit cooler at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 6 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Le Suquet & Rue d'Antibes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Florence to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in July, expect nights in Nice to be somewhat warmer, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael, France — 6 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Sainte-Croix, let little ones run wild at Jardin Bonaparte, and take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Verdon.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael travel planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Saint-Raphael: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres, France — 6 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Ramatuelle (Paroisse de Ramatuelle & Plage de Pampelonne), Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island) and Ile des Embiez (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Dune La Londe, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Route du Sel, visit Port Grimaud, and kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hyeres tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, you will find days in Hyeres are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 6 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux route planner.

Traveling by flight from Hyeres to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hyeres in August: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 73°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.