12 days in Italy & France Itinerary

12 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Olbia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Arzachena, Italy
— 1 night
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Bus to Santa Teresa, Foot to Santa Teresa Gallura, Bus to Castelsardo
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Castelsardo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Tempio Pausania, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Porto Torres, Italy
— 2 nights
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Drive to Alghero-Fertilia Airport, Fly to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Drive to Propriano
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Propriano, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bonifacio, France
Drive
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Zonza, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Corte, France
Drive
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Girolata, France
— 2 nights
Drive to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Fly to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport

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Olbia, Italy

— 1 night
Olbia is a city and comune of 59,885 inhabitants (November 2016) in northeastern Sardinia (Italy), in the Gallura sub-region. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di S. Paolo Apostolo, then explore the ancient world of Pozzo Sacro Sa Testa, and then look for all kinds of wild species at L'Area Naturale Marina Protetta Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Olbia trip planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arzachena.

Things to do in Olbia

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Arzachena, Italy

— 1 night
Arzachena is a town and comune in the province of Sassari, northern Sardinia, Italy. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stella Maris, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then delve into the distant past at Li Lolghi.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Arzachena online trip itinerary planner.

Arzachena is just a stone's throw from Olbia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Castelsardo.

Things to do in Arzachena

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castelsardo, Italy

— 1 night
Castelsardo is a town and comune in Sardinia, Italy, located in the northwest of the island within the Province of Sassari, at the east end of the Gulf of Asinara.HistoryArchaeological excavations have showed the human presence in the area of Castelsardo since pre-Nuragic and Nuragic times, as well as during the Roman domination in Sardinia.After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the monastery of Nostra Signora di Tergu was founded nearby, but the current town originates from the castle built here, in 1102 (or 1270), by the Doria family of Genoa. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria del Regno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Antioco di Bisarcio, then make a trip to Chiesa di San Pantaleo, then see the interesting displays at Mostra-museo Tradizioni etnografiche dell'Anglona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Nostra Signora.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Castelsardo road trip planning site.

Take a bus from Arzachena to Castelsardo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Castelsardo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Tempio Pausania.

Things to do in Castelsardo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tempio Pausania, Italy

— 1 night
Tempio Pausania is a town of about 14,000 inhabitants in the Gallura region of northern Sardinia, Italy, in the province of Sassari.HistoryCultural and delegated administrative centre of the Gallura sub-region, Tempio has an ancient history. On the 16th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro and then examine the collection at Museo del Banditismo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tempio Pausania online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Castelsardo to Tempio Pausania in an hour. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Porto Torres.

Things to do in Tempio Pausania

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porto Torres, Italy

— 2 nights
Porto Torres is a comune and city in northern Sardinia, in the Province of Sassari.It is situated on the north-west coast about 25km east of the Gorditanian promontory (Capo del Falcone), and on the spacious bay of the Gulf of Asinara.GeographyPorto Torres' territory is situated on the north-west part of Sardinian Coast, inside the gulf called Gulf of Asinara. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale Antiquarium Turritano, then contemplate the long history of Altare Monte d'Accoddi, and then indulge your taste buds at Sapori di Romangia f.lli Seghene. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Nuraghe Santu Antine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Saccargia, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Porto Torres trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Tempio Pausania to Porto Torres takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Propriano.

Things to do in Porto Torres

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Propriano, France

— 1 night
On the 19th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Pont de Spina Cavaddu.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Propriano day trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Porto Torres to Propriano with the Route module. In May in Propriano, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Propriano

Shopping

Side Trip

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Bonifacio, France

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, then steep yourself in history at Bastion de L'Etendard, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio day trip planning app.

You can drive from Propriano to Bonifacio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zonza.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites

Zonza, France

— 2 nights
Zonza is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.GeographyZonza is located in the mountain chain of Barocagio-Marghese which extends to the south of the Incudine massif. On the 21st (Mon), get outside with Acqua Vanua and then look for all kinds of wild species at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zonza tour builder tool.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Zonza in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Zonza, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Corte.

Things to do in Zonza

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Corte, France

Corte tourism is based on the region's mountainous terrain, ensuring plenty of photo opps and outdoor activities.
On the 22nd (Tue), stop by Patisserie Casanova and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église de l'Annonciation.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Corte online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Zonza to Corte takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Corte are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Girolata.

Things to do in Corte

Shopping · Historic Sites
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Girolata, France

— 2 nights
Before you visit Girolata, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Corte to Girolata takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Girolata

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

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.