8 days in Italy & France Itinerary

8 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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8 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Nice, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, expect Paris to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Castel Plage, then identify plant and animal life at La Recreation Champetre, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nice travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in April, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

La Recreation Champetre
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage
La Recreation Champetre ©
La Recreation Champetre

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Milan trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Milan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Milan, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Milan to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice online travel planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

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