18 days in Germany, Italy & France Itinerary

18 days in Germany, Italy & France Itinerary

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18 days in Germany, Italy & France Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  14​h 45​min
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Berlin, Germany
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Siena, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Ravello, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Naples, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
11
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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train + foot + train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Calgary, Canada

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Currywurst Museum, get engrossed in the history at Allied Museum (Alliierten Museum), admire the masterpieces at Altes Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Franzoesischer Dom, and finally admire the striking features of Nikolaikirche.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip builder app .

Calgary, Canada to Berlin is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Calgary to Berlin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites
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Nikolaikirche ©
Nikolaikirche
Allied Museum (Alliierten Museum) ©
Allied Museum (Alliierten Museum)
Altes Museum ©
Altes Museum

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
On the 14th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Piazza dei Signori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Giustina, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero del Duomo, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Church of San Pantalon. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth - Chiesa degli Scalzi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Mocenigo, then admire the masterpieces at Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, then admire the masterpieces at Ca' d'Oro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Berlin to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Basilica di Santa Giustina ©
Basilica di Santa Giustina
Church of San Pantalon ©
Church of San Pantalon
Palazzo Mocenigo ©
Palazzo Mocenigo

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, admire the masterpieces at Museo degli Innocenti, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Leonardo Da Vinci, then gain insight at Palazzo Strozzi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at University of Florence Natural History Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cimitero delle Porte Sante, admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella Brancacci, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Convento di San Francesco
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Convento di San Francesco ©
Convento di San Francesco
Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico ©
Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi

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Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Loggia della Mercanzia, admire the striking features of Palazzo Sansedoni, get engrossed in the history at Archivio di Stato, then steep yourself in history at Palazzo Piccolomini, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Contrada Priora della Civetta, and finally steep yourself in history at Porta Romana.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Siena trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums
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Loggia della Mercanzia ©
Loggia della Mercanzia
Palazzo Piccolomini ©
Palazzo Piccolomini

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Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Della Repubblica, browse the collection at Palazzo Giacobetti, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, look for gifts at Il Sole Souvenir, then steep yourself in history at Arco del Seminario, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro e Collezione F.M. Perkins.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Assisi online vacation planner .

Drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Assisi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Assisi

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Piazza Della Repubblica
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Museo della Memoria ©
Museo della Memoria
Palazzo Giacobetti ©
Palazzo Giacobetti

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Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, shop like a local with Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, hike along Ravello-Minori Walk, hike along Ravello - Atrani Walk, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Ravello, and finally make a trip to Le Ville di Ravello.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Ravello trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Ravello takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Assisi in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Ravello. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela ©
Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela
Le Ville di Ravello ©
Le Ville di Ravello

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Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite, delve into the distant past at La Terrazza di M. Nonio Balbo, contemplate the long history of House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), then delve into the distant past at Anfiteatro Romano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sala del Lazzaretto, and finally contemplate the long history of Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Naples trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Ravello to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and subway; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ravello in May since evenings lows in Naples dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii, Ercolano
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Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite ©
Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite
Castel Capuano ©
Castel Capuano
Museo delle Torture ©
Museo delle Torture

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Prassede, appreciate the history behind Trajan's Column, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio, see the interesting displays at Complesso del Vittoriano, then ponder the world of politics at Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale), and finally have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Villa Farnesina, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, then delve into the distant past at Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali, then delve into the distant past at Foro di Cesare, and finally don't miss a visit to Forum of Augustus.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome travel route planner.

You can take a train from Naples to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Welcome to Rome ©
Welcome to Rome
Vatican Necropolis ©
Vatican Necropolis
Piazza del Campidoglio ©
Piazza del Campidoglio

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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.
On the 24th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita, take a leisurely stroll along Quai des Etats Unis, see the interesting displays at Mission Promenade des Anglais, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parc des Arenes de Cimiez, make a trip to Cimetiere Du Monastere, don't miss a visit to Place Ile-de-Beaute, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and finally examine the collection at Fort de la ligne Maginot.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nice road trip website .

You can fly from Rome to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in May: highs in Nice hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Church of Èze, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Fort de la ligne Maginot, Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
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The Church of Èze ©
The Church of Èze

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Luxembourg Palace, take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House, contemplate the long history of Philippe-Chatrier Court, stroll around Parc Monceau, then find something for the whole family at Mystery Escape, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Pont-Neuf, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, make a trip to Place Vendome, see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, then get engrossed in the history at Musee des Egouts, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

Fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, Paris is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House
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Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Notre-Dame, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de la Riviere, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, then see the interesting displays at Ferme-Musee du Cotentin, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Croix de Guerre 5th Engineer Special Brigade. On your second day here, examine the collection at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux), appreciate the history behind Monument des Deportes, stop by Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, and finally make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip planning tool .

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Eglise Saint-Jean, Église Notre-Dame, Ferme-Musee du Cotentin, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Chateau de la Riviere
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Eglise Saint-Jean ©
Eglise Saint-Jean
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain ©
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain
Ferme-Musee du Cotentin ©
Ferme-Musee du Cotentin

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