31 days in Italy, France & Athens Itinerary

31 days in Italy, France & Athens Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
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Sorrento, Italy
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Rome, Italy — 7 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Domus Aurea, Galleria Spada, Galleria Sciarra, and other attractions you added. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Pantheon. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning app.

Auckland, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Auckland in September: highs in Rome hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Athens.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Phaleron War Cemetery as well as Acropolis of Athens. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens and then stroll the grounds of Phaleron War Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Plaka.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Athens day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. Traveling from Rome in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Naples.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Naples tour planner.

Getting from Athens to Naples by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Naples is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in September, Naples is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to Sorrento.
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Sorrento, Italy — 4 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.
You've now added I Giardini di Cataldo to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna, make a trip to Piazza Tasso, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Church and Convent.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sorrento route planner.

Getting from Naples to Sorrento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to 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.
Take a break from the city and head to 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Step out of Cinque Terre with an excursion to Ponte Thaon di Revel in La Spezia--about 52 minutes away. There's more to do: take a stroll around Vernazza.

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Getting from Sorrento to Cinque Terre by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sorrento in September, plan for little chillier nights in Cinque Terre, with lows around 17°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 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.
You've now added Casino of Monte-Carlo to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice attractions planner.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. You will leave for Marseille on the 5th (Wed).
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You've now added Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

For ratings and other tourist information, use the Marseille day trip site.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in October, expect Lyon to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
You've added Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Montmartre, Parc du Champ de Mars, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris travel route builder.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Paris are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.