11 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Positano, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry to Sorrento, Fly to Toulouse
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 2 nights


Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

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For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary tool.

Little Rock, USA to Rome is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Little Rock to Rome is 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Grande, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, and then go for a walk through Positano.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Positano driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Positano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Positano are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Toulouse.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Toulouse, France — 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal. Step out of the city life by going to Grotte de Niaux and Garonne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Carcassonne Center (Eglise Saint-Nazaire, Cathar Castles, &more), O'Vineyards (in Villemoustaussou) and Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the exciting artwork at Espace Cobalt, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Positano to Toulouse in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Positano in May: high temperatures in Toulouse hover around 69°F and lows are around 51°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Fondation Claude Monet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie & The Royal Chapel). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Place de la Bastille, and visit Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Toulouse in May, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.

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.