26 days in Italy & France Itinerary

26 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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26 days in Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Pau, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Montmartre, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris tour builder tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pau.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Pau, France

Pau ©
On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Château de Pau, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame du Bout du Pont, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Foret de Bastard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Boulevard des Pyrenees and then sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie Bearnaise.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pau vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Pau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Pau can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Pau

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature
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Château de Pau ©
Château de Pau
Eglise Notre Dame du Bout du Pont ©
Eglise Notre Dame du Bout du Pont
Brasserie Bearnaise ©
Brasserie Bearnaise

2
nights
Avignon, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and then admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Pau to Avignon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Avignon sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Distillerie A. Blachere
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere

2
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Get out of town with these interesting Genoa side-trips: Monterosso al Mare (Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza & Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Aquarium of Genoa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and take a stroll through Boccadasse.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Genoa holiday maker app .

You can drive from Avignon to Genoa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Avignon in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 66°F in Genoa. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cinque Terre
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

3
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Siena is known for historic sites, museums, classes, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Piccolomini, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Siena trip planning website .

Drive from Genoa to Siena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in September, Siena is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take a stroll through Trastevere, make a trip to Spanish Steps, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome tour itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Siena to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens & Villa Rufolo). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, ponder the design of Fontana sant'Andrea, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Positano sightseeing site .

Getting from Rome to Positano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in September, Positano is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

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