42 days in Italy, France & Johor Bahru Itinerary

42 days in Italy, France & Johor Bahru Itinerary

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42 days in Italy, France & Johor Bahru Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  27 h 30 min
1
Annecy, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 10 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
3
Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
5
Nimes, France
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
8
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Subway + Bus:  15 h 30 min
10
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Subway + Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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3
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Palais de l'Ile and Maison de la Galerie will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Eglise Saint-Francois and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre for their historical value. There's lots more to do: make a trip to La Vieille Ville, take a leisurely stroll along Le Paquier, admire the natural beauty at Jardins de l'Europe, and appreciate the history behind Claude Louis Berthollet.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Annecy tour builder tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Annecy is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Annecy at 24°C and lows at 12°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Paris.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Le Thiou ©
Le Thiou
Palais de l'Ile ©
Palais de l'Ile
Eglise Saint-Francois ©
Eglise Saint-Francois

10
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Paris as well as Fondation Claude Monet. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Fontainebleau and Chateau de Chantilly. Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Rouen (Historial Jeanne d’Arc, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, and take a stroll through Latin Quarter.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Annecy to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lourdes.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rouen, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Fondation Claude Monet, Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 28:
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Moulin Lacade - Maison Paternelle de Sainte Bernadette, and finally see the interesting displays at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Le Cachot, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de l'Adoration., pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Bernadette, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Ukrainienne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption d'Aspin-en-Lavedan, and finally take an in-depth tour of Le Petit Lourdes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lourdes online trip maker .

You can fly from Paris to Lourdes in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums
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Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire ©
Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire

3
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Musee Laperouse, Palais de la Berbie, Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Saint-Sernin and Church of Les Jacobins. Musee des Augustins and Espace EDF Bazacle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, contemplate the long history of Hotel de Nupces, see the interesting displays at Le Musee du Compagnonnage, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Grand Rond.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Toulouse trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Toulouse takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nimes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Albi
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins

7
nights
Nimes, France

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pont du Gard, Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms and Palais des Papes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Un Siecle de Roulottes and Musee de la Romanite. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jardins de la Fontaine and Temple of Diana. Change things up with these side-trips from Nimes: Chateau de Montalet (in Molieres-sur-Ceze), Chateau de Portes (in Portes) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Collias). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Musee 1900, delve into the distant past at La Porte Auguste, see the interesting displays at Planetarium, and explore the historical opulence of Castellum Aquae.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nimes road trip site .

You can take a train from Toulouse to Nimes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Nimes, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll set off for Marseille on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Uzes, Avignon, Domaine Lavandais - Musee de la Lavande, Oppidum Saint Vincent, Chateau de Montalet
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Portes ©
Chateau de Portes
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont du Gard ©
Pont du Gard

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the galleries of Musee des Beaux-Arts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Nimes to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If
Palais Longchamp ©
Palais Longchamp
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Promenade du Paillon and Parc du Mont Boron. Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Palais Lascaris will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take a stroll through Place Rossetti.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice online route maker .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 16th (Fri), you're off to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Place Garibaldi ©
Place Garibaldi
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at Palazzo Strozzi and Corridoio Vasariano. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, make a trip to L’importuno di Michelangelo, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and examine the collection at Cappella Brancacci.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip maker website .

You can drive from Nice to Florence in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zaccaria, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in October, plan for little chillier days in Venice, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Johor Bahru.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

2
nights
Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Johor Bahru ©
A trip to Johor Bahru allows visitors to travel back to the colonial era and discover places of worship reminding visitors of the country's rich history and multicultural character. Explore museums preserving the stories of different communities from across Asia, and take time to get to know the city's charming streets, vibrant galleries, and growing cafe culture.
On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johor Old Chinese Temple, make a trip to Istana Bukit Serene, and then find something for the whole family at Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Johor Bahru day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Venice to Johor Bahru takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Venice to Johor Bahru, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Johor Bahru is warmer than Venice - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johor Bahru

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town ©
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town
Johor Old Chinese Temple ©
Johor Old Chinese Temple
Istana Bukit Serene ©
Istana Bukit Serene

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