2 Week France-Italy Trip Itinerary

Southern Europe: Discover 2 Countries in 2 Weeks

For a short but sweet Europe trip full of delicious food, beautiful vistas and cultural experiences, you'll want to make France and Italy the focus of your trip. Most large American airlines have direct flights to Paris which makes it an easy place to start your trip. Immerse yourself yourself in the beauty of France as you stroll along the banks of the Seine and picnic at the tour d'Eiffel before traveling along to the sunny beaches of Nice. From France on to Italy, first stop: Venice, the city of canals - take a gondola through the canals and let yourself be swept away before traveling on to Rome. One of the largest cities in Europe and the capital of Italy, there's a lot to see in Rome so you'll want to give yourself a few days here to properly experience it all. And finally, take a short trip South to Palermo in Sicily before bringing your trip to an end. There are very few direct flights from Palermo so you'll likely need to make a pit stop back in Rome on your way back to the US. For more information about how to get started be sure to check out our ultimate guide to planning a Europe trip!


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No matter if you plan to travel around Europe by train, bus or flight, you can use GoEuro to plan and book your tour of France and Italy. When you travel with GoEuro by train, doing this tour costs approximately $234. Travelers who prefer to save money and take the bus can complete this route with GoEuro for as little as $102. Traveling with GoEuro is often the best option when you:

  • you are 26+ years old
  • have time to research and book in advance
  • you want to compare trains, buses and flights all on one page

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If you're planning to travel by train, for this trip, we'd highly encourage you to look into Eurail Select Pass which allow you to complete this travel itinerary for $208. There are no hard and fast rules about exactly when to buy a rail pass so you'll want to check out our guide to be sure you're making the right choice there. Here are a couple of reasons to look into a rail pass for this trip:

  • you are under 26 years old
  • you are booking last minute
  • you've found individual tickets are more expensive

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Paris

Many American airlines operate direct flights to Paris' Charles De Gaulle Airport from most major Americans cities like New York, Boston or Miami.

Paris is known as one of the most beautiful places in the world and is home to some of the most famous landmarks in Europe, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Although the real charm of the city can be found on a much smaller scale by slowly exploring its side streets and traditional cafes. Strolling around the many parks and gardens in the afternoon is nice at any time of year and once evening comes the centre becomes alive with music and dancing. Paris is full of culture and is an ever-changing destination, making it a must visit within Europe.

Nice

Travelling between Paris and Nice usually requires at least one stopover usually in Marseille, you can choose to travel by bus or by high-speed TGV train.

Paris to Nice
05:30 SNCF
12:30 Flixbus
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Nice is one of the most popular destinations in France, and the 5th largest city in the country, and with the stunning landscape of the surrounding mountains, the inviting warmth of the Mediterranean sea and the close proximity to Italian border, it’s no wonder that Nice draws in more than 4 million visitors each year from around the world. Nice is also steeped in culture and history and, after Paris, is the city with the most amount of museums in France.

Venice

There are several connections by bus or train between Nice and Venice none of which are direct. You'll likely have a stopover in Milan, Verona or Torino.

Nice to Venice
14:15 Trenitalia Thello
12:00 Flixbus
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With its unique structure built over the many canals and its impressive landmarks, it’s no surprise that the whole city of Venice has been listed as a UNESCO heritage site since 1987. Almost everything in this city is unique, from the most popular transportation being by Gondola, to being home to some of the narrowest streets in the world, one being just 53 cm wide. When you’re not getting lost through the alleyways and along the canals, make sure to visit St. Mark’s Square, particularly atmospheric in the evening when music is played into the night along by the many restaurants.

Rome

Trenitalia offers regular train services connecting Venice and Rome with journeys departing from Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia. Baltour and Megabus also operate coaches along this route.

Venice to Rome
03:30 Italo
07:45 Megabus
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The capital of Italy is the largest city in the country as well as one of the largest in all of the EU. It goes without saying that Rome is full of history, with famous architecture and landmarks around every corner, some of the most well known being the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. The size of Rome is usually overestimated, the close proximity of the must see sites mean it’s easy, and much more pleasant, to explore the city by foot. Having 70% of all UNESCO heritage sites in Italy being in Rome makes it one of the most photographed places in the world.

Palermo

Trenitalia offers a direct connection between Rome and Palermo with most journeys departing from Roma Termini. Travelers can choose between the slightly more expensive high-speed Frecciarossa trains or a normal service.

Rome to Palermo
11:00 Frecciarossa
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Palermo is the capital of the region of Sicily and, much like the rest of Italy, is well known for its history, culture and architecture. People visit Palermo for a taste of adventure with its historic influences obvious throughout the markets and small side streets in the city center. The Palatine Chapel and the Duomo of Monreale are must sees, make sure to not only admire the buildings from the outside, but to also see the stunning mosaics on the inside as well. Once caught up on culture take a wander down to the beaches where you can enjoy the views of the ocean in one of the warmest cities in Europe.