38 days in France & Italy Itinerary

38 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Cassis, France
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 5 nights
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Antibes, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, visit Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Cardiff, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Paris is 1 hour. When traveling from Cardiff in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cassis.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Cassis, France

— 3 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Trolib and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Cassis side-trips: Sentier Littoral (in Bandol), La Londe Les Maures (Plage du Pellegrin & Plage de L'Argentiere) and Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bestouan Beach and get outside with Calanque d'En-Vau.

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Fly from Paris to Cassis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, expect Cassis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael, France

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Attractions like TakSea and Waterworld lake of gaudrade make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud), Tahiti Plage (in Ramatuelle) and Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, head outdoors with Sublim Sky, see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Chateau.

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You can drive from Cassis to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Antibes, France

— 5 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and La Croisette. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands, wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, find something for the whole family at Le Village des Fous, and explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Antibes trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Antibes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Antibes, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and then discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip maker.

You can drive from Antibes to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Antibes in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cinque Terre, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Trails · Tours · Wildlife

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Leaning Tower of Pisa. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Florence online vacation planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Santa Maria di Leuca.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy

— 2 nights
Santa Maria di Leuca, often spelled simply Leuca, is a frazione of the comune of Castrignano del Capo, in the province of Lecce (Apulia), southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta del Lago and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, Head underground at Grotta del Soffio and then see the sky in a new way at Sidereus.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria di Leuca trip website.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Santa Maria di Leuca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Florence in August, Santa Maria di Leuca is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Santa Maria di Leuca

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Attractions like Colosseum and Trevi Fountain make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rome travel route planning website.

You can fly from Santa Maria di Leuca to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Santa Maria di Leuca in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Positano, Italy

— 3 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Attractions like Fornillo and Arienzo Beach Club, Positano make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Positano: Lido di Ravello (in Castiglione) and Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Villa Rufolo, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience, and take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Positano vacation maker.

Drive from Rome to Positano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. August in Positano sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly to Venice.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Canal Grande and Piazza San Marco will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Venice visit planner.

Getting from Positano to Venice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Positano in August since evenings lows in Venice dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Chamonix, France

— 4 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Family-friendly places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Glacier des Bossons will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, get outside with Les Gorges de la Diosaz, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, and admire all the interesting features of Aiguille des Grands Montets.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix attractions planner.

You can drive from Venice to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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.