13 days in Italy, Paris & Nice Itinerary

13 days in Italy, Paris & Nice Itinerary

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13 days in Italy, Paris & Nice Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
San Gimignano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Indianapolis, United States

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

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Indianapolis, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Paris, with lows of 60°F. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee Renoir, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs, then contemplate the long history of Ville medieval, then step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice online trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in July, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cagnes-sur-Mer, Ville medieval, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs
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Haut de Cagnes ©
Haut de Cagnes
Musee Renoir ©
Musee Renoir
Monastère de Cimiez ©
Monastère de Cimiez

2
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 18th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, then get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Ex Gallerie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Andrea, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, then don't miss a visit to Borgo Antico, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cinque Terre vacation planner .

Getting from Nice to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in July since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Levanto
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Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria
Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia
Chiesa di San Lorenzo ©
Chiesa di San Lorenzo

2
nights
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sant'Agostino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro in Forliano, enjoy breathtaking views from Rocca of Montestaffoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Gimignano 1300, then contemplate the long history of Torre e Casa Campatelli, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo della Tortura di San Gimignano. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Salvucci Maggiore, then contemplate the long history of Battistero di San Giovanni, then explore the world behind art at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, and finally get engrossed in the history at Palazzo Viti.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Gimignano trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cinque Terre to San Gimignano by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in San Gimignano are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Varenna.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Palazzo Viti
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San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Duomo di San Gimignano ©
Duomo di San Gimignano

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nights
Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
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. On the 22nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, then shop like a local with Le Ceramiche di Vezio, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino, and finally wander the streets of Menaggio.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Varenna holiday planner.

Getting from San Gimignano to Varenna by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Varenna sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Varenna

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bellagio, Abbazia di San Pietro al Monte, Chiesa di S. Giorgio, Menaggio, Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino
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i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero

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night
Paris, France

Paris ©
On the 24th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and then ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Varenna to Paris. In July, Paris is little chillier than Varenna - with highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau of Vincennes
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Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont ©
Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont
Chateau of Vincennes ©
Chateau of Vincennes
Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle

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