18 days in Italy & France Itinerary

18 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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18 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  15​min
2
Versailles, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Lucca, Italy
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Milan, Italy


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5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and The Army Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
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 14th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breteuil and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Versailles online holiday maker .

Versailles is very close to Paris. In October, daytime highs in Versailles are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Versailles

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Breteuil, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
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Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups ©
Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
Chateau de Breteuil ©
Chateau de Breteuil

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez and Col de la Bonette. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Route des Cretes La Palud in La Palud sur Verdon, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Place Massena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Versailles to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Versailles in October, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Route des Cretes La Palud, Col de la Bonette, Marineland, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Tete de Chien
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Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez ©
Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez
Place Massena ©
Place Massena
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Manarola. On your second day here, make a trip to Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis, make a trip to Borgo Antico, then trek along Levanto to Monterosso Trail, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a San Francesco d'Assisi, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre day trip planning app .

You can drive from Nice to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Levanto to Monterosso Trail
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

1
night
Lucca, Italy

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Torre delle Ore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of San Frediano, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and finally snap pictures at Ponte della Maddalena - Ponte del Diavolo.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucca day trip planning website .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Lucca in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Lucca, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a bus to Florence.

Things to do in Lucca

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ponte della Maddalena - Ponte del Diavolo
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 22nd (Tue), get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip app .

You can take a bus from Lucca to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Food Tours

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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 24th (Thu): take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, take a stroll through Cannaregio, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Venice itinerary maker website .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Venice hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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