34 days in France, Italy & Athens Itinerary

34 days in France, Italy & Athens Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Bastia, France
— 4 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, France
— 5 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 6 nights
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Bari, Italy
— 5 nights
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Nice, France

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Site de Malpasset (in Frejus), Domaine de L’Olivette (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Coast Brewing Company.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice travel route planner.

Paris to Nice is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bastia.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trips

Bastia, France

— 4 nights
Bastia is a French commune in the Haute-Corse department of France located in the north-east of the island of Corsica at the base of Cap Corse. Explore Bastia's surroundings by going to Marine d'Albo (in Ogliastro), Vescovato (in Borgo) and Nonza Beach (in Nonza). And it doesn't end there: gain some tasty knowledge on Corsica Wine Tours, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Mont Sant Angelo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bastia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Bastia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September in Bastia, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Bastia

Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto-Vecchio, France

— 5 nights
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Get out of town with these interesting Porto-Vecchio side-trips: U Porcu RANGER (in Figari), Bonifacio (Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio & Plage du Grand Sperone) and Gorges of the Solenzara River (in Sari-Solenzara). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Watersports Center La Chiappa, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Porto Novo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Palombaggia.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio trip planner.

You can drive from Bastia to Porto-Vecchio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Porto-Vecchio sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 6 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Paestum Ruins (in Paestum), Positano (Fornillo, Il Sentiero Degli Dei, &more) and Salerno (Libreria Antiquaria Vecchi Libri, Duomo di Salerno, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Pompeii Archaeological Park, see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, make a trip to Villa Rufolo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naples vacation planner.

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Naples in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daytime highs in Naples are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bari.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Bari, Italy

— 5 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bari: Matera (Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina & Sassi di Matera), Torre dell'Orologio (in Acquaviva delle Fonti) and Taranto (Jonian Dolphin Conservation & Castello Aragonese). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Master Wave, delve into the lush surroundings at Foresta Umbra, kick back and relax at Lido Zanzibar, and Head underground at Grotte di Castellana.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bari road trip website.

Traveling by car from Naples to Bari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Bari can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Bari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 7 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Church of Agios Spyridonas (in Nafplio) and Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae & Lion Gate). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, take a stroll through Plaka, and get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Athens sightseeing website.

Fly from Bari to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bari to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bari in September since evenings lows in Athens dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.