43 days in Italy, Greece & France Itinerary

43 days in Italy, Greece & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
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Salerno, Italy
— 4 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly to Mykonos, Ferry to Naxos Town
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Paros, Greece
— 4 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paris is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 16°C. On the 5th (Sat), you're off to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 nights

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.
Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Castel Plage and Blue Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nice travel planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 3 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Do your shopping at Vernazza and Art in Banchi. Visit Bagno Maurizio and Baia del Silenzio for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cinque Terre: Portovenere (in Porto Venere) and Oratorio della Santissima Trinita (in Lavagna). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Cinque Terre takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in August, Cinque Terre is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Itaca Art Studio di Monica Martin.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Venice online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sorrento.
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Sorrento, Italy — 3 nights

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Get some cultural insight at Art & Craft Gallery and MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano Positano. Get out of town with these interesting Sorrento side-trips: Positano (Miniaci Art Gallery & Fornillo). Dedicate the 20th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Church and Convent, make a trip to Piazza Tasso, and take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Cataldo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sorrento trip builder website.

Getting from Venice to Sorrento by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in August, Sorrento is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salerno.
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Salerno, Italy — 4 nights

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Shop till you drop at Sol’Art Ceramiche and Libreria Antiquaria Vecchi Libri. Get some cultural insight at Le Vigne di Raito and Duomo di Ravello. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salerno: Amalfi (Museo della Carta, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more), Spiaggia di Atrani (in Atrani) and Castiglione (Lido di Ravello & Spiaggia di castiglione). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Santa Maria Delle Grazie Salerno, contemplate the long history of Villa Rufolo, and head outdoors with Cilento.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Salerno holiday builder.

You can drive from Sorrento to Salerno in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Salerno, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Catania.
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Catania, Italy — 4 nights

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Head to Ceramiche Dell'Artigianato Siciliano Manago and Good Fellas Art Studiofor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Parco Archeologico della Neapolis and Ancient Theatre of Taormina. Explore Catania's surroundings by going to Syracuse (Duomo di Siracusa & Ortigia), Isola Bella (in Taormina) and Noto (Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, Centro Storico, &more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Etna, cast your line with Barca Lachea Tour, delve into the distant past at Scavi Archeologici di Campanarazzu, and contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Catania itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Salerno to Catania takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Salerno in August since evenings lows in Catania dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Naxos Town.
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Naxos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Get some cultural insight at Kastro and Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis. Head to Fish & Olive and Naxia Sweet Homefor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Naxos Town to Filoti to see Church of Panagia Filotitissa about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at The Temple of Apollo – Portara, take a stroll through Old Town, stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, and kick back and relax at Plaka Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Naxos Town trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Catania to Naxos Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Catania in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naxos Town, with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Paros.
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Paros, Greece — 4 nights

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Get a sense of the local culture at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas. and Archaeological Museum Parou. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Golden Beach and Kolymbithres Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Parikia Town, stroll through Martselo beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, and take in the exciting artwork at Yria Ceramic Studio.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paros day trip app.

Traveling by ferry from Naxos Town to Paros takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Paros can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 3 nights

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): kick back and relax at Super Paradise Beach, view the masterpieces at HOFA Gallery (House of Fine Art) Mykonos, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally take a stroll through Little Venice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ornos Beach.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town itinerary planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Paros to Mykonos Town in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Via Condotti and La Bottega degli Orsini. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations in Soriano nel Cimino--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, visit Trastevere, view the masterpieces at Trevimage, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome holiday tool.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mykonos Town in September, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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 · Sacred & Religious Sites
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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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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