18 days in France & Milan Itinerary

18 days in France & Milan Itinerary

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18 days in France & Milan Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
1
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  4​h 15​min
2
Avignon, France
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Arles, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Milan, Italy

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio), La Citta Alta (in Bergamo) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, admire the striking features of Castello Sforzesco, steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Milan visit planning website .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. In August in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tremezzina, 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

4
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire (in Menerbes), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Avignon travel route tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Milan to Avignon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Distillerie A. Blachere, Pont du Gard, Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

4
nights
Arles, France

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Nimes (La Maison Carree & Jardins de la Fontaine), Les Baux de Provence (Musee des Santons & Chateau des Baux de Provence) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Horseback Riding Tours, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Seaquarium.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles road trip site .

Arles is just a stone's throw from Avignon. In August, daytime highs in Arles are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Les Baux de Provence, Nimes, La Bambouseraie en Cevennes, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue ©
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
When in Carcassonne, make a side trip to see Reserve Africaine de Sigean in Sigean, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Reserve Africaine de Sigean
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

3
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get curious at Cite de l'espace and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and finally make a trip to Place du Capitole.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse trip maker tool .

Getting from Carcassonne to Toulouse by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Toulouse sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Room Escape Games

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