51 days in France, Italy & Lisbon Itinerary

51 days in France, Italy & Lisbon Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 10 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Sorrento, Italy
— 1 night
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
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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.
To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 10 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Parque das Nacoes. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Parque e Palacio de Monserrate, Sintra National Palace, &more) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, snap pictures at Vasco da Gama Bridge, get great views at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in November: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Nissim de Camondo and Ile Saint-Louis. Enjoy Paris some more: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, wander the streets of Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Bordeaux, France — 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, take a stroll through Port de la Lune, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, and make a trip to The Water Mirror.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Panier and Abbaye Saint Victor. Step out of Marseille to go to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and see Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Calanque de Sormiou, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bordeaux in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Step off the beaten path and head to Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Vin d'Alsace HORCHER. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Riquewihr (Dolder Tower & Feerie de Noel), Kaysersberg (Chateau de Kaysersberg & Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix) and Ribeauville (Tour des Bouchers & La Grand-Rue). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Place Kleber, soak away your stress at Hammam et Traditions, wander the streets of La Petite France, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in December; daily highs in Strasbourg reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
On the 20th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mur des Canuts, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and then don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lyon attractions planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December in Lyon, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 2 nights

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 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, browse the exhibits of Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, examine the collection at Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai, then look for gifts at Cosmos-Artigianato Napoletano, and finally don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Naples road trip tool.

You can fly from Lyon to Naples in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Naples is a bit warmer than Lyon - with highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sorrento.
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Sorrento, Italy — 1 night

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
On the 23rd (Fri), do a tasting at Limonoro and then don't miss a visit to Piazza Tasso.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sorrento trip builder.

Drive from Naples to Sorrento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Naples in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Sorrento. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 2 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie and MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti. Venture out of the city with trips to Salerno (Centro Storico Salerno, Chiesa di San Giorgio, &more). Enjoy Naples some more: steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, explore the world behind art at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, examine the collection at Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai, and explore the galleries of Galleria Borbonica.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Naples travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sorrento to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sorrento in December since evenings lows in Naples dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico and Piazza Grande. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Arezzo Cathedral in Arezzo, approximately Arezzo away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Naples to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Florence sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 5 nights

City of Romance

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Centro Storico di Venezia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Vajont Dam (in Erto e Casso), Padua (Piazza dei Signori & Prato della Valle) and Centro Storico di Treviso (in Treviso). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, stop by Cannaregio, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Nissim de Camondo and Musee Marmottan Monet. See some other sides of Paris: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Place des Vosges, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris visit planning app.

You can fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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 · 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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