Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

France and Italy are two of the most visited countries in the world and with so many beautiful cities, such amazing history and architecture, and so many world-class sights, it's no wonder. This is an itinerary I designed for friends (two couples) who wanted to visit some of Europe's famous cities on their holiday.

 


One of the traveller's was celebrating his 50th birthday by attending the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza so the itinerary was based around this. The travellers had no desire to drive in Europe so they each pre-purchased a Eurail Pass, with seat reservations. The excellent train services in France and Italy allowed them to travel between destinations quickly and in comfort.


PARIS - VENICE - ROME - TUSCANY - LAKE COMO - MONZA/MILAN - NICE - AVIGNON - PARIS

23 DAY ITINERARY BY TRAIN


Day 1

Arrive into Paris and transfer to hotel.


Days 2 & 3

Sightseeing in Paris.


Day 4

Train from Paris to Venice via Milan. (It is also possible to take an overnight train - sleeper compartments are available.) Transfer to hotel.


Day 5

Sightseeing in Venice.

 

Venice


Day 6

Venice to Rome by train. Sightseeing for remainder of day.


Days 7 & 8

Sightseeing in Rome.


Day 9

Train from Rome to Siena, Tuscany via Florence. Sightseeing for remainder of day.


Days 10 & 11

Sightseeing around Tuscany.

 

Tuscany


Day 12

Train from Siena to Como via Florence and Milan. Sightseeing for remainder of day.


Day 13

Sightseeing around Como.


Day 14

Train from Como to Milan, then local train from Milan to Monza (if required).

(Photo credit)

 

Bellagio, Lake Como

 


Day 15

Sightseeing in Milan (in this case, the men attended the Grand Prix whilst the ladies shopped).


Day 16

Train from Milan to Nice, via Ventimiglia.


Days 17 & 18

Sightseeing around Nice.


Day 19

Train from Nice to Avignon. Sightseeing in Avignon for remainder of day.


Day 20

Sightseeing in and around Avignon.

(Photo credit)

 

Avignon, France


Day 21

Train from Avignon to Paris. Sightseeing in Paris for remainder of day.


Day 22

Sightseeing in Paris.


Day 23

Depart Paris.

 

France and Italy itinerary by rail


Train info

Eurail Pass - A 1st class, 8 day/3 country pass was required for this itinerary. (As the train from Paris to Milan travels via Switzerland, Switzerland had to be included on the Eurail Pass.) 


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Reserved seats were booked on all sectors except Florence/Siena/Florence. Trains on this line, and some other regional trains, operate 2nd class services only and seats cannot be reserved in advance. In these cases, simply showing a valid Eurail Pass to the conductor allows carriage at no additional cost.  The train from Milan to Monza was a local (metro) train. Tickets were purchased at the station.

 

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# Carolyn 2014-02-22 21:54
Quoting Johanna:
What a fabulous itinerary! We've been thinking about doing an extended European trip this year, and something like this gives me much food for thought. Have you done any itineries for the Dalmation Coast or Croatia? Those were two other places we thought of visiting.

Hi Johanna! Glad to hear this has given you some food for thought. I'll be featuring a Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast itinerary in an upcoming post so stay tuned!
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# Johanna 2014-02-22 21:17
What a fabulous itinerary! We've been thinking about doing an extended European trip this year, and something like this gives me much food for thought. Have you done any itineries for the Dalmation Coast or Croatia? Those were two other places we thought of visiting.
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