56 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

56 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train
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Paris, France
— 8 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 6 nights
Drive
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Salamanca, Spain
— 1 night
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lagos, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Tarifa, Spain
— Few hours
Ferry
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Tangier, Morocco
— 1 night
Ferry
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Tarifa, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
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Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 1 night
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train to Napoli Centrale, Subway to Sorrento
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Sorrento, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tower of London, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read London attractions planning tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to London is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 12 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in London, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites

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Paris, France

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles, L'Orangerie, &more), Hege Helicoptere (in Toussus le Noble) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and examine the collection at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker site.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Bordeaux, France

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint-Michel, then do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac, and then identify plant and animal life at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Parte Vieja. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Sebastian - Donostia: Anillo Verde (in Vitoria-Gasteiz), Bilbao (Casco Viejo & Puente Zubizuri) and Basondo (in Kortezubi). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Urdaibai Bird Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Igueldo, and take some stellar pictures from Monte Urgull.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia road trip site.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Salamanca.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Salamanca, Spain

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the striking features of Casa de las Conchas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, contemplate the long history of New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza de Anaya, contemplate the long history of Universidad de Salamanca, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Salamanca itinerary maker app.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Salamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Salamanca: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Museums

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Evora, Portugal

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and finally head outdoors with Evora Public Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Portugal and then delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Evora travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salamanca to Evora in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Salamanca to Evora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Salamanca in August since evenings lows in Evora dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Quinta da Regaleira and Castelo de S. Jorge for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Park and National Palace of Pena. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Castelo dos Mouros, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, stop by Alfama, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Evora, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Lagos, Portugal

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Saint Vincent and Fortaleza de Sagres. Get in touch with nature at Parque Aventura Lagos and Skydive Seven. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Wildwatch Algarve (in Ferragudo), Centro Historico de Albufeira (in Albufeira) and Olhos de Agua ( Praia dos Olhos de Água & Praia da Falesia). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Marinha, look for gifts at O fio da historia, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Gale, and explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos online road trip planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Seville, Spain

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, then contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, then take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), then contemplate the long history of Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de España.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Seville tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lagos to Seville. Traveling from Lagos in August, you will find days in Seville are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tarifa.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Tarifa, Spain

Wind Capital of Europe

As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tarifa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Seville to Tarifa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Seville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tarifa, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. On the 31st (Tue), you're off to Tangier.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nightlife

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Tangier, Morocco

Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tangier Casbah, then don't miss a visit to Musee de la Kasbah, then Head underground at Hercules Cave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tangier.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tangier trip maker website.

Ride a ferry from Tarifa to Tangier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tarifa to Tangier due to the time zone difference. In August in Tangier, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Tarifa.

Things to do in Tangier

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Tarifa, Spain

Wind Capital of Europe

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Bolonia, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Mateo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oviedo, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Valdevaqueros.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tarifa online route builder.

You can ride a ferry from Tangier to Tarifa in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tangier to Tarifa is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Ronda, Spain

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Aldehuela, explore the striking landscape at El Tajo de Ronda, steep yourself in history at Casa Del Rey Moro, then wander the streets of Old City, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reservatauro Ronda.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ronda day trip website.

Traveling by car from Tarifa to Ronda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tarifa in September: highs in Ronda hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

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Malaga, Spain

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Castillo de Gibralfaro, steep yourself in history at Alcazaba, admire the striking features of Malaga Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Teatro Romano, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Malaga trip planner.

Drive from Ronda to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites · Museums

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Granada, Spain

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio Cartuja, then wander the streets of Albayzin, then steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas, and finally admire the striking features of Royal Chapel of Granada.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Granada holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Malaga in September, Granada is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and MADparapente. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Catedral Primada, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, head outdoors with Parque de la Bombilla, and test your team's savvy at Pi Theory Room ( ESCAPE ROOM RIVAS ).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Madrid road trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Madrid by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Madrid, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Barcelona day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Carcassonne, France

Medieval Heart of France

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 12th (Sun), take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne online trip builder.

Getting from Barcelona to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in September, Carcassonne is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.HistoryThe town is named after Saint Remigius.GeographySaint-Rémy-de-Provence is situated about 20km south of Avignon, just north of the Alpilles mountain range.TransportationThe high-speed train station is 20 km from the city. On the 13th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then tee off at Golf de Servanes, then steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum, and finally admire the striking features of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Remy-de-Provence holiday builder website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Saint-Remy-de-Provence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Aix-en-Provence, France

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): ponder the design of Mossy Fountain, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Le Tour de l'Horloge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence visit website.

Drive from Saint-Remy-de-Provence to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, then take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and finally take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez tour planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then see Cap Ferrat Watersports, then examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and finally hike along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice road trip tool.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. While traveling from Saint-Tropez, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Cinque Terre, Italy

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 17th (Fri): hike along Cinque Terre Trails, then identify plant and animal life at Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then take a stroll around Vernazza, and finally hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre day trip planning app.

Getting from Nice to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, Cinque Terre is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then enjoy unforgettable views with Ballooning in Tuscany, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence day trip planner.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Sorrento.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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Sorrento, Italy

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Church and Convent, and finally make a trip to Piazza Tasso. On the next day, get interesting insight from Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fornillo.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Sorrento planning tool.

Do a combination of train and subway from Florence to Sorrento in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Florence in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sorrento, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Visit Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome itinerary planning website.

Getting from Sorrento to Rome by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sorrento in September, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

France travel guide

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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.