21 days in Italy & France Itinerary

21 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Siena, Italy
— 5 nights
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Merano, Italy
— 5 nights
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Castellammare del Golfo, Italy
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Siena, Italy

— 5 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Explore hidden gems such as Vineria del Carmine and Poggio al Bosco. Get outdoors at Val d'Orcia and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Crete Senesi (in Asciano), Musei Civici Madonna del Parto (in Monterchi) and Cantina Fattoria della Talosa (in Montepulciano). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di Santa Caterina, deepen your understanding at Scuola di Cucina di Lella, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, and steep yourself in history at Cappella di Piazza.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Siena trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Siena is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Siena reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Merano.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Merano, Italy

— 5 nights
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Explore hidden gems such as Scuola Italiana Sci e Snowboard Folgarida Dimaro and Scuola Italiana di Sci Azzurra. Get in touch with nature at Skiarea Campiglio - Folgarida Marilleva and Prati di Gaggia. Get out of town with these interesting Merano side-trips: Paganella Fun Park (in Fai della Paganella) and Ortisei (Scuola Sci Snowboard Ortisei & Catores- Scuola di Alpinismo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Nicolo, tour or see a show at Kurhaus, examine the collection at Castello Rametz - Wine Museum, and walk around Passeggiata Gilf.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Merano visit planner.

You can drive from Siena to Merano in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Siena in January; daily highs in Merano reach 8°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Castellammare del Golfo.

Things to do in Merano

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

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Castellammare del Golfo, Italy

— 3 nights
Castellammare del Golfo is a town and comune in the Trapani Province of Sicily. Escape the urban bustle at Minigolf Scopello Green Garden and Club Alpino Siciliano, Sottosezione Castellmmare del Golfo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Belvedere and Spiaggia di Alcamo Marina. Venture out of the city with trips to Riserva Naturale Orientata - Capo Rama (in Terrasini) and Trapani (Lungomare di Tramontana della Citta di Trapani & Salus - Private Spa & Beauty Salon). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Ethno-Anthropological Museum - Annalisa Buccellato.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Castellammare del Golfo tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Merano to Castellammare del Golfo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Merano in January, expect nights in Castellammare del Golfo to be warmer, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castellammare del Golfo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Carcassonne, France

— 4 nights

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.
Visiting Station de Ski Montclar and Beille & Chioula will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cinq Sens and Chateau Canet. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Station de ski Ax 3 Domaines (in Ax-les-Thermes) and Mirepoix (Place des Couverts, Bastide de Mirepoix, &more). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Castellammare del Golfo to Carcassonne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Castellammare del Golfo in January, with highs in Carcassonne at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Strasbourg, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, then make a trip to Palais du Rhin, and then see the top attractions with VinoVarlot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster, cast your line with Mathieu Romain Moniteur - Guide De Peche, then see the interesting displays at Maison de la Manufacture d'Armes Blanches, and finally steep yourself in history at Le Puits a Six Seaux.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Carcassonne to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carcassonne in January; daily highs in Strasbourg reach 6°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.