22 days in France, Italy & Fira Itinerary

22 days in France, Italy & Fira Itinerary

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Taormina, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly to Rome, Train to Siena
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portofino, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Eze, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Antibes, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 3 nights

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Taormina, Italy

— 3 nights
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Explore Taormina's surroundings by going to Etna Donkey Trekking (in Linguaglossa), Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park (in Motta Camastra) and Castiglione di Sicilia (Le Gole dell'Alcantara & Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Ancient Theatre of Taormina, go for a walk through Piazza IX Aprile, identify plant and animal life at Blue Sea Diving Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Varo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taormina road trip site.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Lamezia Terme Airport and Comiso Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Taormina can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fira.

Things to do in Taormina

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 4 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, get a tailor-made plan with Santorini Sailing, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taormina to Fira takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taormina to Fira. September in Fira sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly to Siena.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Siena, Italy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Battistero di San Giovanni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena.

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You can fly from Fira to Siena in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Siena due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fira in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Siena. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Portofino.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Portofino, Italy

— 2 nights
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. On the 13th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria d'Arte Portofino, look for all kinds of wild species at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, then make a trip to Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di San Martino. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Marina di Portofino, don't miss a visit to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Del Parco.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Portofino trip planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Portofino takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Portofino, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Nice.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Nice, France

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stop by Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau. On your second day here, take a stroll through La Croisette and then explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice travel route app.

Traveling by car from Portofino to Nice takes 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Nice are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You will leave for Eze on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Eze, France

— 1 night
Hillside villages along the Mediterranean coast don't come more picturesque than Eze, attracting vacationers with its perfectly preserved medieval streets, colorful botanical gardens, and sweeping sea views.
On the 17th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Promenade Maurice Rouvier and then contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, then get to know the fascinating history of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, and finally contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Eze route builder site.

Eze is just a stone's throw from Nice. In September, daytime highs in Eze are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Eze

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Antibes, France

— 1 night

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Antibes route planning website.

You can drive from Eze to Antibes in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September in Antibes, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Antibes

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence tour website.

Getting from Antibes to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker app.

Fly from Aix-en-Provence to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in September, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Province of Siena travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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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.