26 days in France & Italy Itinerary

26 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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26 days in France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Bonifacio, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cargese, France
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Menton, France
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Alassio, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Bonifacio, France

Bonifacio ©
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Get out of town with these interesting Bonifacio side-trips: Pianottoli-Caldarello (Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi & Plage de San Giovanni). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, make a trip to Ancien Ermitage de la Trinite, and Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio itinerary maker app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Bonifacio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Bonifacio due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Bonifacio at 26°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Cargese.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pianottoli-Caldarello
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Plage du Grand Sperone ©
Plage du Grand Sperone
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Iles Lavezzi ©
Iles Lavezzi

2
nights
Cargese, France

Cargese ©
Cargèse is a village and commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the west coast of the island of Corsica, 27 km north of Ajaccio. On the 27th (Mon), tour the water at your own pace with U Filanciu, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Torra d'Omigna, then take a memorable drive along D81, then look for gifts at Art & Terroir, and finally make a trip to Gorges de Spelunca.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cargese vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Bonifacio to Cargese takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Cargese, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Menton.

Things to do in Cargese

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trips

Corsica, D81, Art & Terroir
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Les Calanche Cliffs ©
Les Calanche Cliffs
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
U Filanciu ©
U Filanciu

7
nights
Menton, France

Menton ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Menton: Coaraze (Ruines de Rocca Sparviera & Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste), Utelle (La Madone d'Utelle & Église Saint Veran) and Eze (Fort de la Revere, La cité médiévale, & more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier, explore the world behind art at Musee Jean Cocteau Collection Severin Wunderman, contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel, and don't miss a visit to L'Olivier Millenaire.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Menton route planning site .

Getting from Cargese to Menton by combination of car, flight, and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Menton when traveling from Cargese in May, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Alassio.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Eze, Utelle, Cap d'Ail, Coaraze
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Basilica St. Michel ©
Basilica St. Michel
Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze ©
Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze

5
nights
Alassio, Italy

Alassio ©
Alassio is a town and comune in the province of Savona situated in the western coast of Liguria, Northern Italy, approximately 80km from the French border.Alassio is known for its natural and scenic views. Change things up with these side-trips from Alassio: Langhe landscapes UNESCO (in Alba), Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo (in Sanremo) and Foresta demaniale del Melogno (in Calizzano). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Parco del Beigua. The adventure continues: make a trip to Lungomare Europa - pista ciclabile fra Varazze e Cogoleto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Budello di Alassio, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Albenga, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Toirano.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Alassio tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Menton to Alassio takes 1.5 hours. June in Alassio sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Alassio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Albenga, Italian Riviera, Centro Storico di Cervo, Pista Ciclabile Area 24 - Sanremo, Grotte di Toirano
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Parco del Beigua ©
Parco del Beigua
Finalborgo ©
Finalborgo
Grotte di Toirano ©
Grotte di Toirano

7
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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 Milan's surroundings by going to La Citta Alta (in Bergamo), Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, admire the striking features of Castello Sforzesco, buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Milan itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alassio to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alassio in June: highs in Milan hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Villa Olmo, Chiesa di San Giorgio, La Citta Alta, Leolandia
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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