52 days in France, Italy & London Itinerary

52 days in France, Italy & London Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 14 nights
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Lyon, France
— 8 nights
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Nice, France
— 11 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 9 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 9 nights
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London, United Kingdom — 14 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at BrakeAway Bike Tours and Up at The O2. Venture out of the city with trips to Windsor (St. George's Chapel & Windsor Castle) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (in Kew). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the London journey builder tool.

Manchester to London is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 8 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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 hidden gems such as Vieux Lyon and Lake Annecy. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Le Puy-en-Velay (Le camino musee du chemin de saint jacques au depart du puy en velay & Cathedrale Notre-Dame), Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe (in Aiguilhe) and Beaune (Place de la Halle, Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, &more). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lyon itinerary planner.

You can fly from London to Lyon in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Lyon at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 11 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Promenade du Paillon. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres), Village de Mougins (in Mougins) and Cannes (Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, Le Suquet, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take a stroll through Place Rossetti, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nice online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Lyon in July, with lows around 25°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel to Genoa.
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Genoa, Italy — 9 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and Dialogo nel Buio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Genoa: Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare), La Spezia (Ponte Thaon di Revel, Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, &more) and Rapallo (Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montallegro & Palazzo del Municipio). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, don't miss a visit to Leaning Tower of Pisa, and stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Genoa driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nice to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Genoa sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 9 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa del Balbianello and La Citta Alta. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto (in Verbania), Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina) and Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, stroll around Sempione Park, appreciate the history behind Arco della Pace, and don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Milan holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Genoa in August since evenings lows in Milan dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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