33 days in France, Southern Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

33 days in France, Southern Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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33 days in France, Southern Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  30​h
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Marseille, France
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
Matera, Italy
— 4 nights
train + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
Verbania, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
Adelaide, Australia

5
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence and Le Jardin exotique d'Eze. Change things up with a short trip to Massif de l'Esterel in Agay (about 1h 25 min away). Spend the 17th (Thu) in some colorful company at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Adelaide, Australia to Nice is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Central European Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence, Marineland, Le Jardin exotique d'Eze
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Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Place Massena ©
Place Massena
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel

4
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arenes de Nimes and Le Sentier des Ocres. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille travel planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Palais des Papes, Arenes de Nimes, Calanques
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Arenes de Nimes ©
Arenes de Nimes
Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

3
days
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musée Miniature et Cinéma and Traboules du Vieux Lyon. When in Lyon, make a side trip to see Cite medievale de Perouges in Perouges, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Parc de la Tete d'Or, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill.

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Take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Cite medievale de Perouges
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Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

6
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Dôme Sacre Coeur.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Lyon to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Musée d'Orsay ©
Musée d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

5
days
Naples, Italy

Naples
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy, after Rome and Milan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at I Faraglioni and Villa San Michele. Venture out of the city with trips to Capri (Gardens of Augustus & Via Krupp), Vecchi Libri (in Salerno) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo (in Amalfi). Spend a day of island exploring on the 3rd (Sun) at Exclusive Cruises - Tours. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, take an in-depth tour of Capodimonte Museum, and wander the streets of Spaccanapoli.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Naples trip generator.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Naples takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, Naples is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Capri, Ravello, Villa San Michele, Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, Vecchi Libri
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Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
I Faraglioni
I Faraglioni
Terrazza dei Giardini d'Augusto ©
Terrazza dei Giardini d'Augusto

3
days
Matera, Italy

Matera
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario and Volo dell'Angelo. Explore Matera's surroundings by going to Archeoart (in Policoro) and Masseria Nivaldine (in Rotondella). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sassi di Matera, delve into the distant past at Cripta del Peccato Originale, admire all the interesting features of Eledorado Ranch, and make a trip to FAI - Casa Noha.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Matera custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Naples to Matera takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Naples in June since evenings lows in Matera dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Verbania.

Things to do in Matera

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Volo dell'Angelo, Archeoart, Masseria Nivaldine
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Sassi di Matera
Sassi di Matera
Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario ©
Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario
Archeoart
Archeoart

2
days
Verbania, Italy

Verbania ©
On the 12th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Taranto, admire the striking features of Palazzo Borromeo, and then step into the grandiose world of Isola Bella.

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Explore your travel options from Matera to Verbania with the Route module. June in Verbania sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Verbania

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isola Bella, Palazzo Borromeo
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Villa Taranto ©
Villa Taranto
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

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