32 days in France, Lugano & Portofino Itinerary

32 days in France, Lugano & Portofino Itinerary

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Fly to Basel, Shuttle to St Louis, Train to Colmar
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Colmar, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Portofino, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 11 nights
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Colmar, France

— 7 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colmar: Place Stanislas (in Nancy), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and La Volerie des Aigles (in Kintzheim). The adventure continues: stop by Little Venice, make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, and wander the streets of La Petite France.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Colmar trip itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Colmar is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and train. You can also drive. Traveling from Riyadh to Colmar, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Colmar is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Lugano, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lugano: Cascata della Piumogna (in Faido) and Grimsel Pass (in Oberwald). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, stroll through Monte San Giorgio, get great views at Monte San Salvatore, and stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano travel tool.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Lugano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Colmar in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lugano, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Portofino.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portofino, Italy

— 5 nights
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Explore Portofino's surroundings by going to Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montallegro (in Rapallo), Ente Parco di Portofino (in Santa Margherita Ligure) and Ponte Vecchio (Ponte Gobbo - Ponte del Diavolo) (in Bobbio). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Baia del Silenzio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, steep yourself in history at Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, and look for gifts at ParlaComeMangi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Portofino trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Portofino takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lugano in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Portofino, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Portofino

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, France

— 11 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Tropez: River Rafting & Tubing (in Castellane), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire (in Saint-Raphael). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, visit Port Grimaud, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Gigaro, and take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez trip maker.

Traveling by car from Portofino to Saint-Tropez takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Portofino in July, expect nights in Saint-Tropez to be slightly colder, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

France travel guide

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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.