18 days in Italy, France & Bonn Itinerary

18 days in Italy, France & Bonn Itinerary

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Reims, France
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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
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Sainte-Maxime, France
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Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
— 1 night
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Viareggio, Italy
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Lucca, Italy
— 2 nights
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Sirmione, Italy
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Menaggio, Italy
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Reims, France

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 14th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Reims is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, you will find days in Reims are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chalon-sur-Saone.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Chalon-sur-Saone, France

— 3 nights
Chalon-sur-Saône is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.It is a sub-prefecture of the department. On the 16th (Fri), try some of the vintages at Chateau de Meursault, then get outside with Centre Nautique du Grand Chalon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Nicephore Niepce, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Vincent. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Philibert, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cormatin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of Cluny, and finally explore the striking landscape at La Roche de Solutre.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chalon-sur-Saone online journey planner.

Drive from Reims to Chalon-sur-Saone in 3.5 hours. July in Chalon-sur-Saone sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Sainte-Maxime.

Things to do in Chalon-sur-Saone

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, France

— 3 nights
Sainte-Maxime is a commune and city in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sainte-Maxime: TakSea (in Saint-Raphael) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Aqualand Saint Maxime, wander the streets of Port de Sainte-Maxime, stop by Port Grimaud, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Nartelle.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sainte-Maxime online journey planner.

Getting from Chalon-sur-Saone to Sainte-Maxime by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Chalon-sur-Saone in July, expect Sainte-Maxime to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Margherita Ligure.

Things to do in Sainte-Maxime

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

— 1 night
Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35km southeast of Genoa, in the Tigullio traditional area.Santa Margherita Ligure borders the following municipalities: Camogli, Portofino, Rapallo.It has a port, used for both tourism and fishing activities. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, then steep yourself in history at Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna del Carmine, and finally stroll around Ente Parco di Portofino.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Margherita Ligure day trip app.

Getting from Sainte-Maxime to Santa Margherita Ligure by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Sainte-Maxime in July, you will find days in Santa Margherita Ligure are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Viareggio.

Things to do in Santa Margherita Ligure

Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Viareggio, Italy

— 2 nights
Viareggio is a city and comune in northern Tuscany, Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Viareggio online trip planner.

Drive from Santa Margherita Ligure to Viareggio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Viareggio when traveling from Santa Margherita Ligure in July, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Viareggio

Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucca, Italy

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucca: Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), Montecatini Alto (Montecatini Alto & Piazza Giuseppe Giusti) and Fattoria Casa Sola (in Barberino Val d'Elsa). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi, make a trip to Torre delle Ore, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucca day trip tool.

Lucca is just a short distance from Viareggio. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sirmione.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Sirmione, Italy

— 2 nights
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Sirmione, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Scaligero, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jamaica Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Grotte di Catullo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Sirmione road trip planning site.

You can drive from Lucca to Sirmione in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Sirmione are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Menaggio.

Things to do in Sirmione

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Menaggio, Italy

— 2 nights
Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. The Roman conquest culminated with the construction of a road called the Via Regina.Menaggio was a walled city. On the 28th (Wed), kick back and relax at Lido di Menaggio, make a trip to Villa Mylius Vigoni, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Stefano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Marta, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di S. Carlo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Menaggio route app.

Getting from Sirmione to Menaggio by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bonn.

Things to do in Menaggio

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Bonn, Germany

— 1 night

Little Big Town

The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bonner Munster and then take an in-depth tour of Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bonn trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Menaggio to Bonn. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Menaggio in July, with highs in Bonn at 29°C and lows at 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bonn

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

France travel guide

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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.

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.