61 days in France, Italy & The Netherlands Itinerary

61 days in France, Italy & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Catania, Italy
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Lampedusa, Italy
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Palermo, Italy
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Positano, Italy
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Capri, Italy
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Naples, Italy
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Menton, France
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Antibes, France
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Arles, France
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Lyon, France
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Paris, France
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Catania, Italy — 1 night

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 2nd (Sun), get impressive views of Mt Etna.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Catania road trip planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Catania is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lampedusa.
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Lampedusa, Italy — 2 nights

Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Capo Ponente, stroll through Spiaggia dei Conigli, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Tabaccara.

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Fly from Catania to Lampedusa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Lampedusa can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Palermo.
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Palermo, Italy — 2 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
On the 5th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Monreale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, then steep yourself in history at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas". Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, then steep yourself in history at Norman Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Inferiore.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Palermo trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Lampedusa to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 6 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Villa Rufolo, &more), Ruderi della Basilica di Sant'Eustachio (in Scala) and Sorrento (Il Vallone dei Mulini, Food Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, get outside with I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos, take in the dramatic scenery at Valle delle Ferriere, and surround yourself with nature on Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Positano road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Positano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Capri.
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Capri, Italy — 2 nights

The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
On the 13th (Thu), Head underground at White Grotta, pause for some photo ops at Natural Arch, make a trip to Piazza Umberto I, then stop by The Sea Gull, then get great views at Belvedere Cannone, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at I Faraglioni. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Blue Grotto, then trek along Fortini Coastal Walk, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Solaro, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Capri trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Positano to Capri in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Capri can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 5 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Salerno (Speed Boats Tours, Promenade Trieste, &more), Paestum (Anfiteatro Romano di Paestum, Archaeological Park of Paestum, &more) and Le Vigne di Raito (in Raito). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, do a tasting at Bosco de Medici Winery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Apollo, and see the interesting displays at Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Naples trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Capri to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida), Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Duomo di Siena, &more) and Pisa (Duomo di Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Naples to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Naples in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Azur Wine Tours in Vence (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, and kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Florence to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in July, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Menton.
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Menton, France — 4 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: Utelle (Église Saint Veran & La Madone d'Utelle). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Promenade du Soleil, experience rural life at La Maison Du Citron, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier.

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Traveling by car from Nice to Menton takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Antibes.
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Antibes, France — 5 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Suquet (in Cannes), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Verdon Xp & The Funny Helmets (in Castellane). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, steep yourself in history at Village de Mougins, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville, and wander the streets of La Croisette.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Antibes road trip planning site.

Drive from Menton to Antibes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Antibes can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 5 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Venture out of the city with trips to Marseille (Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, &more), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, head outdoors with Route des Cretes, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to Librairie Le Blason.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Antibes to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Aix-en-Provence when traveling from Antibes in August, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.
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Arles, France — 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take a pleasant ride with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and then don't miss a visit to Chateau de L'Hauture.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Arles holiday planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Arles in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Arles are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lyon attractions planner.

You can fly from Arles to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Arles in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Lyon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lyon in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Utrecht.
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Utrecht, The Netherlands — 1 night

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Nijntje Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanic Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Utrecht holiday builder website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Utrecht takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Utrecht to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 6 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Hofjeswandeling in Haarlem, Grote Markt, &more), Delft (Old Church & Nieuwe Kerk) and The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
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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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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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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