12 days in France & Milan Itinerary

12 days in France & Milan Itinerary

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12 days in France & Milan Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  8 h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
4
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Cairo, Egypt

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe and then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris holiday tool .

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Cairo in November, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Paris: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Appreciate the collections at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain and La Cite du Vin. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Andre Cathedral and Pey-Berland Tower. There's much more to do: make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, and steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux travel route planner .

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bordeaux, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

2
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Toulouse are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Albi
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 12th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences, then stop by La Fromagerie d'Oullins, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lyon road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Toulouse to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Fromagerie d'Oullins
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Duomo di Milano and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Sacro Monte di Ossuccio and Castello Sforzesco for their historical value. The adventure continues: make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Milan journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Milan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Milan are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sacro Monte di Ossuccio
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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