42 days in Italy, France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

42 days in Italy, France & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Como, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bellagio, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 5 nights
Bus to Nice, Fly to Lyon
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Annecy, France
— 3 nights
Train to Chatelet Les Halles, Train to Troyes
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Troyes, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Head to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and GORGEOUSfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Barolo (Cantina Francesco Borgogno & Terre da Vino), Montaribaldi (in Barbaresco) and Turin (Museo Egizio & Museo Nazionale del Cinema). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, see La Casa Maledetta, steep yourself in history at Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Milan itinerary maker site.

Billund, Denmark to Milan is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, Milan is a bit warmer than Billund - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Como.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Como, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, indulge in some personalized pampering at Monticello Spa, then get into the urban bustle at Broletto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele. On the next day, stop by Le Chicche torte di caramelle By Bijoux, then take in the pleasant sights at Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese, then take in the exciting artwork at Villa e Collezione Panza, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Birrificio Angelo Poretti.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Como tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Milan to Como in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Como are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bellagio, Italy

— 3 nights

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, then take in the exciting artwork at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Menaggio, view the masterpieces at Il Tornio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Mia Birra di Valsassina.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bellagio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Como to Bellagio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In April in Bellagio, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Piazza delle Erbe. Do your shopping at Fondazione Bisazza and Via Mazzini. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Piazza dei Signori, Arena di Verona, &more) and Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bellagio to Venice by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pisa, Italy

— 3 nights
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Shop till you drop at Galleria Gagliardi and Ceramiche Gori. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Leaning Tower of Pisa and Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pisa: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Florence) and San Gimignano (Guardastelle Vineyard & Art Gallery in Tuscany, Gordon's Studio). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, admire the striking features of Duomo di Pisa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Baptistery of St. John.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pisa travel route planner.

Take a train from Venice to Pisa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Pisa

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Head to Vernazza and Art in Banchifor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Portovenere and Boccadasse. Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Palazzata a Mare (in Porto Venere) and Genoa (Palazzo Ducale, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, admire the striking features of Chiesa Di San Pietro, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and head outdoors with Cinque Terre Trails.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip planner.

You can take a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 5 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Prince's Palace and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Les Grands Chais Monegasques and Fontvieille Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo tour planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Monte-Carlo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Monte-Carlo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Annecy, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get some cultural insight at Musee de Grenoble and Palais Lumiere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Chambery (Ville Ancienne & Pernot Cédric) and Evian-les-Bains (Lac Leman & Casino d'Evian). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, make a trip to Pont des Amours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monte-Carlo to Annecy in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Monte-Carlo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Annecy, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Troyes.

Things to do in Annecy

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Troyes, France

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
Do your shopping at Le Cellier Saint Pierre and McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Troyes. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Troyes side-trips: Reims (Champagnes Pommery, Champagne Taittinger, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apothicairerie de l'hotel Dieu le Conte, don't miss a visit to Ruelle des Chats, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue Rachi Troyes, and admire the local landmark of Le Coeur de Troyes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Troyes planner.

Take a train from Annecy to Troyes in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Troyes are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for Paris.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Galerie Ici et Ailleurs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen) and Versailles (The Royal Chapel, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planning website.

You can take a train from Troyes to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Monaco travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.

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.