44 days in France & Italy Itinerary

44 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Start: Bangkok, Thailand
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  19 h
1
Bayeux, France
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h
2
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Avignon, France
— 6 nights
+4
Train + Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
4
Palermo, Italy
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Verona, Italy
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Bologna, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Assisi, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Orvieto, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
10
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Bangkok, Thailand


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5
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Visit Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online vacation planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Bayeux is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in April: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
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Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Camp. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de la Chevalerie and Musee de Montsegur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Chateau de Ventenac Minervois (in Ventenac-en-Minervois), Cucugnan (Eglise Saint-Julien et Sainte-Basilisse & Moulin d'Omer) and Cathedrale Saint-Antonin de Pamiers (in Pamiers). There's more to do: stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in April, expect Carcassonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cucugnan, Pamiers, Musee de la Chevalerie, Musee de Montsegur, Chateau de Ventenac Minervois
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Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Musee de la Chevalerie ©
Musee de la Chevalerie
Eglise Saint-Julien et Sainte-Basilisse ©
Eglise Saint-Julien et Sainte-Basilisse

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Get some historical perspective at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Roman Theatre of Orange. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, and explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Avignon online journey planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, Gorges de l'Ardeche, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Pont du Gard
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

5
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Visiting Spiaggia di Macari and Rocca di Cefalu will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Monreale and Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Cefalu (Spiaggia Caldura, Duomo di Cefalu, &more), Parrocchia San Nicolo di Bari (in Santo Stefano di Camastra) and La Pasticceria Maria Grammatico (in Erice). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, ponder the design of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, and contemplate the long history of Norman Palace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Palermo driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Avignon to Palermo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Verona.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cefalu, Duomo di Monreale, Spiaggia di Macari, Parrocchia San Nicolo di Bari, Museo Etno-Antropologico
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Spiaggia di Macari ©
Spiaggia di Macari
Duomo di Cefalu ©
Duomo di Cefalu

6
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
La Citta Alta and MUSE - Science Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Palazzo Te and Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova (in Mantua), Venice (Ponte dei Sospiri, St Mark's Campanile, &more) and Borghetto sul Mincio (in Valeggio Sul Mincio). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, contemplate the long history of Basilica Palladiana, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, and wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Verona trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Palermo to Verona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Venice, Bergamo, Trento, Mantua, Borghetto sul Mincio
Highlights from your plan
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

4
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Pisa and Basilica San Vitale. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello Estense and Basilica di San Petronio. Change things up with these side-trips from Bologna: Lucca (Le mura di Lucca & St Martin Cathedral), Camposanto (in Pisa) and Ravenna (Mausoleo di Galla Placidia & Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, and get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bologna trip planning website.

You can take a train from Verona to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Bologna sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Florence, Ravenna, Lucca, Pisa, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca ©
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa

2
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, make a trip to Piazza del Campo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Siena online holiday planner.

Getting from Bologna to Siena by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May in Siena, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo
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Torre del Mangia ©
Torre del Mangia
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo ©
Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo

4
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Take a break from the city and head to Cascata delle Marmore and Grotte di Frasassi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palazzo Ducale di Urbino and Santuario Della Santa Casa. Get out of town with these interesting Assisi side-trips: Rocca Paolina (in Perugia), Museo dell'Appennino Umbro (in Polino) and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, see the interesting displays at Casa Leopardi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Assisi itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Orvieto.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santuario Della Santa Casa, Cascata delle Marmore, Rocca Paolina, Casa Leopardi, Museo dell'Appennino Umbro
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto ©
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Palazzo Ducale di Urbino ©
Palazzo Ducale di Urbino

2
nights
Orvieto, Italy

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Civita di Bagnoregio, contemplate the long history of Pozzo di San Patrizio, and then admire the striking features of Duomo di Orvieto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Necropoli Etrusca Di Crocifisso Del Tufo, stroll through Villa Lante, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Orvieto holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Assisi to Orvieto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Orvieto, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie, Villa Lante, Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights from your plan
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Pozzo di San Patrizio ©
Pozzo di San Patrizio
Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto

6
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa Borghese and Giardino di Ninfa. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Monte Cassino in Cassino, approximately Cassino away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, ponder the design of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Traveling by train from Orvieto to Rome takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Orvieto in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

St. Peter's Square, Giardino di Ninfa, Monte Cassino, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Highlights from your plan
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Monte Cassino ©
Monte Cassino
Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano ©
Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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