21 days in France, Italy & Monaco Itinerary

21 days in France, Italy & Monaco Itinerary

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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Perouges, France
— 1 night
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Dijon, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Palazzo Strozzi, then admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Florence sightseeing site.

Sydney, Australia to Florence is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Florence. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Florence at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Cinque Terre.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Manarola, learn about winemaking at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink, and then get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre journey maker tool.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.
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Historic Sites · Wineries
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 2 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Devote, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, tee off at Monte-Carlo Country Club, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Charles Church.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Monte-Carlo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Nice, France — 2 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.
Visit Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at La cité médiévale and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Place Massena, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, see the interesting displays at Les Musees de La Citadelle, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nice online trip planner.

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Avignon, France — 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 6th (Fri), make a trip to Palais des Papes, explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then steep yourself in history at Place Crillon, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Avignon are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Perouges.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Perouges, France — 1 night

Pérouges is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stop by Laiterie la Cotiere, then take an in-depth tour of Musee du Vieux Perouges, and then steep yourself in history at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Perouges.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Perouges vacation maker tool.

You can take a train from Avignon to Perouges in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, expect nights in Perouges to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dijon.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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Dijon, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): do a tasting at Boursot Pere & Fils, do a tasting at Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee de Nuits Saint-Georges. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Art Sacre, and then do a tasting at Domaine Isabelle Lippe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dijon trip maker app.

You can drive from Perouges to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Wineries · Museums · Tours · Shopping
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Fondation Louis Vuitton and Musee Marmottan Monet will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arc de Triomphe and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Latin Quarter, make a trip to Hotel de Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Dijon to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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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Monaco travel guide

4.1
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.
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France travel guide

4.3
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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