16 days in Italy, Paris & South of France Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Paris & South of France Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Bellagio, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Philadelphia, United States

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Arc de Triomphe and Sainte-Chapelle will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning app.

Philadelphia, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), shop like a local with Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, examine the collection at Musee Angladon, thensnap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, learn about winemaking at Domaine Albin Jacumin, learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere, thenlearn about winemaking at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, thenstep into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lourmarin, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Avignon travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Avignon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, things will get a bit warmer in Avignon: highs are around 86°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Roman Theatre of Orange, Chateau de Lourmarin
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Chateau de Lourmarin ©
Chateau de Lourmarin
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

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Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Plage de la Grande Mer, kick back and relax at Bestouan Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenkick back and relax at Plage du Capelan, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de la Treille, do a tasting at Clos Sainte Magdeleine, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l’Arene, thenkick back and relax at Plage du Corton, and finally examine the collection at Musee Ciotaden.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille travel planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cassis, Bandol, Musee Ciotaden
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Bestouan Beach ©
Bestouan Beach

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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 22nd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, thenkick back and relax at Coco Beach, thensteep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de la Lanterne. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Plage Antibes, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Soleil, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally stroll through Plage du Chateau.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nice attractions planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Plage Antibes, Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, Plage du Soleil, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
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 24th (Mon), head outdoors with Bellagio Mountains, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, see the interesting displays at Museo degli Strumenti per la Navigazione, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Leonardo, and finally look for gifts at Azalea - Silk of Como. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Enoteca Principessa, stroll around La Punta Spartivento, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bellagio journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Bellagio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in August since evenings lows in Bellagio dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino, Chiesa di S. Leonardo, Chiesa di S. Giorgio
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I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, thenmake a trip to Piazza del Duomo, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip planner.

Getting from Bellagio to Milan by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Milan sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and St Mark's Campanile. You'll get in some beach time at Bagni Alberoni and Bagni Lungomare. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip site.

Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bagni Lungomare
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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