18 days in France & Italy Itinerary

18 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Grenoble, France
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La Salette-Fallavaux, France
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Chorges, France
— 3 nights
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Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
— 5 nights
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Venice, Italy
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Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
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Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee des Confluences, Vieux Lyon, Parc de la Tete d'Or, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon and then examine the collection at Musee des Confluences.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Lyon day trip site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lyon is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get a bit warmer in Lyon: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Grenoble, France

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Fort de la Bastille has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Fort de la Bastille.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Lyon to Grenoble by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in July, things will get slightly colder in Grenoble: highs are around 30°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to La Salette-Fallavaux.
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La Salette-Fallavaux, France

You've now added Sanctuaire de Notre Dame de La Salette to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Sanctuaire de Notre Dame de La Salette.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Salette-Fallavaux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grenoble to La Salette-Fallavaux takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chorges.

Things to do in La Salette-Fallavaux

Historic Sites
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Chorges, France

— 3 nights
Chorges is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France.It is close to Gap. Fort Vauban has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Vauban.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chorges online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Salette-Fallavaux to Chorges takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Chorges are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Castelnuovo del Garda.

Things to do in Chorges

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

— 5 nights
Castelnuovo del Garda is an Italian comune (municipality), in the Province of Verona, in Veneto, on a couple of morainic hills few kilometers south-east from Garda lake. Visit Castello di Polpenazze del Garda and Castello di Moniga del Garda for their historical value. When in Castelnuovo del Garda, make a side trip to see Castello di Padenghe in Padenghe sul Garda, approximately Padenghe sul Garda away.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Castelnuovo del Garda online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chorges to Castelnuovo del Garda takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Chorges in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Castelnuovo del Garda: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Castelnuovo del Garda

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Passeggiata lungo la restera and Chiesa di San Zaccaria will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ca' Zenobio degli Armeni and Piazza dei Signori. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Centro Storico di Treviso (in Treviso) and Lio Piccolo (in Cavallino-Treporti). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, step into the grandiose world of Ca' d'Oro, take a stroll through Campo Santa Margherita, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Castelnuovo del Garda to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Venice sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

— 5 nights
Cortina d'Ampezzo, commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town and comune in the heart of the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Step off the beaten path and head to Cimitero Di Guerra Sorgenti and Chiesa di Santa Maria. Popular historic sites such as Chiesa Parrocchiale S. Cassiano and Chiesa di Santa Caterina are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Cortina d'Ampezzo side-trips: San Candido (Cimitero della Parrocchia di San Candido, Cappella di Altotting e del Santo Sepolcro, &more), Chiesa San Giovanni Battista (in Dobbiaco) and Museum Ladin Ursus ladinicus (in San Cassiano). Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Val Travenanzes, explore the striking landscape at Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti d’Ampezzo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Madonna della Difesa.

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Drive from Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.