41 days in France, Italy & Holland Itinerary

41 days in France, Italy & Holland Itinerary

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41 days in France, Italy & Holland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Vinkel, Holland
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Nancy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
5
Borgomanero, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Bologna, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Genoa, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Grasse, France
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
12
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Rennes, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
14
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Dutch Costume Museum and Dutch Costume Photo Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Amsterdam Canal Ring, then examine the collection at Amsterdam Cheese Museum, and then examine the collection at Amsterdam Tulip Museum.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam travel route planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Amsterdam is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Amsterdam when traveling from Melbourne in September, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vinkel.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Nature
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Amsterdam Cheese Museum ©
Amsterdam Cheese Museum
Amsterdam Tulip Museum ©
Amsterdam Tulip Museum
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Amsterdam ©

5
nights
Vinkel, Holland

Vinkel ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Golfclub Dorpswaard and Wijboschbroek. Historisch Museum der Koninklijke Marechaussee and Museum Dorestad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Vinkel: Golfcentrum De Batouwe (in Zoelen), Culemborg (Lanxmeerpoort-Binnenpoort te Culemborg & Elisabeth Weeshuis Museum) and Wijk bij Duurstede (Grote Kerk & Castle Duurstede).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vinkel trip maker .

Drive from Amsterdam to Vinkel in 1.5 hours. September in Vinkel sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Vinkel

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Wijk bij Duurstede, Schijndel, Culemborg, Historisch Museum der Koninklijke Marechaussee, Golfcentrum De Batouwe
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Golfclub Dorpswaard ©
Golfclub Dorpswaard
Elisabeth Weeshuis Museum ©
Elisabeth Weeshuis Museum
Castle Duurstede ©
Castle Duurstede

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History, examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, then admire the masterpieces at Atelier des Lumieres, and finally make a trip to Place Vendome. On the next day, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, snap pictures at Pont-Neuf, make a trip to Luxembourg Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Vinkel to Paris with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nancy.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Musee des Arts Forains ©
Musee des Arts Forains
Memorial De La Shoah ©
Memorial De La Shoah
National Museum of Natural History ©
National Museum of Natural History

2
nights
Nancy, France

Nancy ©
Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): browse the collection at Hall du Livre, don't miss a visit to L'arc Here, contemplate the long history of Eglise des Cordeliers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours, and finally make a trip to Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nancy trip builder site .

You can take a train from Paris to Nancy in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nancy are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Borgomanero.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites
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Eglise des Cordeliers ©
Eglise des Cordeliers
Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours ©
Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours
L'arc Here ©
L'arc Here

3
nights
Borgomanero, Italy

Borgomanero ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Varallo and Castello di Roppolo. Step off the beaten path and head to Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie and Falseum - Museo del Falso e dell'Inganno. Get out of town with these interesting Borgomanero side-trips: Vercelli (Chiesa di San Bernardo, Chiesa di San Cristoforo, & more), Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta (in Armeno) and Abbazia Benedettina dei Santi Nazario e Celso (in San Nazzaro Sesia). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Il ponte romano di Pont-Saint-Martin, appreciate the extensive heritage of L'antico Borgo di Borgomanero, do a tasting at Cantina della Serra, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Borgomanero itinerary app .

Getting from Nancy to Borgomanero by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Nancy in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Borgomanero: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Borgomanero

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Vercelli, Magnano, Orta San Giulio, Varallo, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
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Varallo ©
Varallo
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

2
nights
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti, get to know the fascinating history of Torino Centro Storico, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally examine the collection at MEF Museo Ettore Fico.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Turin route planner.

Traveling by car from Borgomanero to Turin takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Borgomanero in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Turin: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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MEF Museo Ettore Fico ©
MEF Museo Ettore Fico
Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti ©
Torino Centro Storico ©
Torino Centro Storico

4
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita and La Macchina del Tempo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo per la Memoria di Ustica and Museo di Palazzo Poggi. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Torre Prendiparte, stop by Salumeria Simoni, take a stroll through La Piccola Venezia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Bologna trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Turin to Bologna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bologna: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Museo per la Memoria di Ustica ©
Museo per la Memoria di Ustica
Torre Prendiparte ©
Torre Prendiparte

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of L’importuno di Michelangelo, take an in-depth tour of Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, take an in-depth tour of Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Strozzi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Piazza della Repubblica, then see the interesting displays at Stibbert Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Bologna to Florence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi
Corridoio Vasariano ©
Corridoio Vasariano
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele ©
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele

3
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Bagni Medusa will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello and Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Matteo, step into the grandiose world of Palazzo San Giorgio, and admire the striking features of Stazione di Genova Brignole.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Genoa day trip planner.

You can drive from Florence to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in September, Genoa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grasse.

Things to do in Genoa

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Bagni Medusa ©
Bagni Medusa
Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello ©

3
nights
Grasse, France

Grasse ©
Grasse is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department, on the French Riviera.The town is considered the world's capital of perfume. On the 1st (Thu), stop by La Nouvelle Cremerie, then play a few rounds at Golf de la Grande Bastide, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Le Musee du Parfum. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Golf de Saint Donat, then experience rural life at Domaine de La Royrie, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame du Puy.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grasse trip planner .

Traveling by car from Genoa to Grasse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grasse, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Grasse

Outdoors Golf Museums
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Golf de la Grande Bastide ©
Golf de la Grande Bastide
Golf de Saint Donat ©
Golf de Saint Donat

2
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Get some cultural insight at Fondation Bemberg and Chapelle des Carmelites. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Couvent des Jacobins and Quai de la Daurade. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Paul Dupuy Museum, partake in some friendly competition at Granhota, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take a stroll through Rue de Rome.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Grasse to Toulouse in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. October in Toulouse sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Fondation Bemberg ©
Fondation Bemberg
The Paul Dupuy Museum ©
The Paul Dupuy Museum

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Michel, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Girondins. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Port of the Moon and then examine the collection at Musee d'Aquitaine.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Toulouse to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rennes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Musee du Vin et du Negoce ©
Musee du Vin et du Negoce
Monument aux Girondins ©
Monument aux Girondins
Port of the Moon ©
Port of the Moon

3
nights
Rennes, France

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Get some historical perspective at Couvent des Jaconins and Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes and Portes Mordelaises. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Chapelle Saint-Yves, take in nature's colorful creations at Parc Hamelin Oberthur, and hunt for treasures at Halles Centrales.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rennes travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Rennes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rennes, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Rennes

Fun & Games Parks Historic Sites
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Modjo escalade ©
Modjo escalade
Couvent des Jaconins ©
Couvent des Jaconins
Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes ©

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Get some cultural insight at Maison de Balzac and Grande Mosquée de Paris. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Paroisse Saint Ferdinand des Ternes and Arenes de Lutece. See even more of Paris: explore the ancient world of Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame, trek along Sentier Nature du 16 eme, explore the world behind art at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris planner .

Take a train from Rennes to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Paris Plage ©
Paris Plage
Maison de Balzac ©
Maison de Balzac
Arenes de Lutece ©
Arenes de Lutece

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