16 days in France, Italy & Monaco Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 3 nights


Paris, France — 5 nights

City of Light

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 these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Grand Canal, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in June, with highs in Paris at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Milan.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Milan tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Milan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in June, with highs in Milan at 33°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Varenna.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Varenna, Italy — 2 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, and then identify plant and animal life at Walking Tour Bellagio - Lake of Como.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Varenna online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Milan to Varenna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monte-Carlo.
Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 1 night

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monte-Carlo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Monte-Carlo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Varenna in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monte-Carlo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lérins Islands (in Cannes), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Raphael) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice route builder.

Nice is very close to Monte-Carlo. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Italy travel guide

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.

Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Monaco travel guide

Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.