29 days in France, Italy & Karlsruhe Itinerary

29 days in France, Italy & Karlsruhe Itinerary

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29 days in France, Italy & Karlsruhe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9 h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  5 h 45 min
3
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Fly + Tram:  3 h 30 min
4
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Turin, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Karlsruhe, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32 h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Paris hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip maker app.

Take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Airborne Museum, Musee du debarquement, Pegasus Memorial, Pointe du Hoc
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac), Chateau Lestevenie (in Gageac-et-Rouillac) and Chateau Belingard (in Pomport). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, admire the striking features of Pey-Berland Tower, make a trip to Pont de Pierre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux sightseeing tool.

You can take a train from Bayeux to Bordeaux in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in March: highs in Bordeaux hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Bridoire, Chateau Lestevenie, Chateau Belingard
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Chateau Belingard ©
Chateau Belingard
Chateau Lestevenie ©
Chateau Lestevenie
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Musee des Ursulines (in Macon), Chateau Historique de Pierreclos (in Pierreclos) and Taize Community (in Taize). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Bordeaux to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March in Lyon, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Musee des Ursulines, Chateau Historique de Pierreclos, Taize Community, Chateau de Cormatin
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

3
nights
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turin: Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi) and Sacra di San Michele (in Sant'Ambrogio di Torino). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio, get great views at Basilica of Superga, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and see where the action happens at Juventus Stadium.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Turin online trip builder.

You can drive from Lyon to Turin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in March, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Basilica of Superga, Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, Sacra di San Michele
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Museo Egizio ©
Museo Egizio
Basilica of Superga ©
Basilica of Superga

5
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.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Venice online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Turin to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Turin in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Lalique (in Wingen-sur-Moder), Europa-Park (in Rust) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, examine the collection at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, and take a stroll through La Petite France.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and train from Venice to Strasbourg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Venice in March since evenings lows in Strasbourg dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Karlsruhe.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Musee Lalique, Europa-Park, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Le Struthof concentration camp, Fort de Mutzig
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Le Vaisseau ©
Le Vaisseau
Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©

2
nights
Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe ©
One of Germany's first truly "planned" cities, Karlsruhe is naturally a center for technological development and important national institutions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, make a trip to Mercedes-Benz Museum, then stop by Markthalle, and finally make a trip to Fernsehturm Stuttgart. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort De Schoenenbourg, then see the interesting displays at Museum Frieder Burda, and then don't miss a visit to MerkurBergbahn.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Karlsruhe day trip planning website.

Drive from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Strasbourg in April, you will find days in Karlsruhe are little chillier (16°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karlsruhe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Fort De Schoenenbourg
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Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Fernsehturm Stuttgart ©
Fernsehturm Stuttgart

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