10 days in South of France & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

10 days in South of France & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Marseille
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Stresa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, see the interesting displays at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, stroll through Parc National des Calanques, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Marseille is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Marseille is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Marseille: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Galerie du Faune). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Stresa, Italy

Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): make a trip to Parco della Rocca Borromea, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, then head off the coast to Sapori d'Italia, Lago Maggiore, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Epoque Antichita e Restauro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ferri Cristina, view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, then steep yourself in history at Borromeo Palace, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Bella.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Stresa planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Stresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in October, expect Stresa to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips