18 days in France, Milan & Genoa Itinerary

18 days in France, Milan & Genoa Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 3 nights
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
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Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa Necchi Campiglio and Brera District. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Milano and Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Certosa di Milano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and make a trip to Dialogo nel Buio.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milan trip planner.

Amman, Jordan to Milan is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amman in March, with highs in Milan at 16°C and lows at 5°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Genoa.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Genoa, Italy

— 3 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello and Chiesa di San Siro. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea and Basilica delle Vigne. Explore Genoa's surroundings by going to Centro Storico (in Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena), Cattedrale di Nostra Signora Assunta (in Savona) and Centro Storico Zuccarello (in Zuccarello). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chiesa di Santo Stefano, look for gifts at Romeo Viganotti Chocolate Factory, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro in Banchi.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Genoa online trip builder.

You can drive from Milan to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Milan in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Genoa, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Biot, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez, then wander the streets of Place Rossetti, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and finally visit Vieille Ville.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nice online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Genoa to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cours Mirabeau and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Your inner history buff will appreciate Paul Cezanne’s Studio and Eglise du Saint-Esprit. Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Graces (in Cotignac), Abbaye de La Celle (in La Celle) and Chateau des Templiers (in Montfort-sur-Argens). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, contemplate the long history of Le Tour de l'Horloge, and admire the striking features of Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence.

Make your Aix-en-Provence itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Nice to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hike along Parcours de L'Art, take an in-depth tour of Palais du Roure, steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, then steep yourself in history at Place Crillon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Agricol.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Avignon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Montpellier, France

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, take in panoramic vistas at Tour Carbonniere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, and finally don't miss a visit to Place Saint Louis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Maguelone, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables, wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Roch, and finally examine the collection at Carre Sainte-Anne.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palais du Pharo and The Panier. For shopping fun, head to McArthurGlen Provence or Musee du Savon de Marseille La Licorne. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Notre Dame du Mai (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), Fidelius Spa (in Ollioules) and Museum Dpartemental du Var (in Toulon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent, and get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille journey planner.

Drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. March in Marseille sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.