18 days in France & Italy Itinerary

18 days in France & Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe visit planner

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Campofilone, Italy
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning tool.

Stavanger, Norway to Paris is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Stavanger in July, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Les Murs Peints & Lérins Islands) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice travel planner.

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina), Villa Monastero (in Varenna) and Lake Como Adventures (in Como). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, get engrossed in the history at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and explore the galleries of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Milan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in July since evenings lows in Milan dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Campofilone.

Things to do in Milan

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Campofilone, Italy

— 2 nights
Campofilone is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Fermo in the Italian region Marche, located about 60km southeast of Ancona and about 30km northeast of Ascoli Piceno. On the 29th (Mon), do a tasting at Cantina Di Ruscio.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Campofilone vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Milan to Campofilone takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. July in Campofilone sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 30th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Campofilone

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France travel guide

4.3
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

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.