38 days in France & Southern Italy Itinerary

38 days in France & Southern Italy Itinerary

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38 days in France & Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
+5
Fly + Train + Foot + Subway + Foot + Ferry:  27 h
1
Capri, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Positano, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Maiori, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Naples, Italy
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h 30 min
5
Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Grimaud, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Saint-Raphael, France
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
10
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
11
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Capri, Italy

The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Capri is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to I Faraglioni, race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll the grounds of Cimitero Acattolico (The Non-Catholic Cemetery), and take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini di Augusto.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Capri trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Capri is an approximately 27- hour combination of flight, train, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Capri is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Capri to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Anacapri
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Belvedere Cannone ©
Belvedere Cannone
I Faraglioni
I Faraglioni

6
nights
Positano, Italy

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: La Masseria Farm Experience (in Massa Lubrense), Sorrento (Bagni Sant'Anna, La Solara, &more) and Monte Tre Calli (in Agerola). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei, Head underground at Grotte di Suppraiano, get outside with Spiaggia della Gavitella, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Positano trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Capri to Positano by car takes about 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Maiori.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sorrento, Praiano, Monte Tre Calli, La Masseria Farm Experience
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

3
nights
Maiori, Italy

Maiori ©
Maiori is a town and comune on the Amalfi coast in the province of Salerno . Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maiori: Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Villa Cimbrone Gardens (in Ravello). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Villa Rufolo, examine the collection at Museo della Carta, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Maiori trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Positano to Maiori in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Maiori are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Maiori

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Tramonti, Liquorificio Mansi Carlo, Le Vigne di Raito
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

6
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano) and Villa dei Misteri (in Pompeii). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, explore the galleries of Galleria Borbonica, make a trip to Miglio Sacro, and get engrossed in the history at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples online tour planner.

Drive from Maiori to Naples in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Maiori in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Naples, with lows of 22°C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pompeii, Vesuvio National Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli ©

2
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne. On your second day here, Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and finally explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne road trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Naples to Carcassonne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Naples in June, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Parks
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stop by Place Des Carmes, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie Manguin, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Avignon travel route planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Avignon are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Distillerie A. Blachere
Highlights from your plan
Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 26th (Sat), wander the streets of The Panier, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Samena, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, then walk around Le Palais de Justice, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marseille online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Grimaud.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

2
nights
Grimaud, France

Grimaud ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Michel, visit Port Grimaud, then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Grimaud Beach, and finally stroll through La Mene. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Cap Lardier, then walk around Domaine du Rayol, and finally hike along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grimaud trip builder app.

Getting from Marseille to Grimaud by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Grimaud are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Grimaud

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, Le Cap Lardier, Domaine du Rayol, Plage de Pampelonne
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier
La Mene ©
La Mene

2
nights
Saint-Raphael, France

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then stop by Catalan Bougie. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Balcons du Cap Roux, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grimaud to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can take a train to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Frejus
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire ©

2
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): head off the coast to Lérins Islands and then take a stroll through Le Suquet. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Rue d'Antibes, wander the streets of La Croisette, then make a trip to Les Murs Peints, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monuments aux Morts.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes journey planner.

Cannes is very close to Saint-Raphael. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then make a trip to Place Massena, and finally take a stroll through Vieille Ville. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marineland and then see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Take a train from Cannes to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cannes in July, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marineland
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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