13 days in France, Germany & Northwest Italy Itinerary

13 days in France, Germany & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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13 days in France, Germany & Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 45​min
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Tram + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5​h 15​min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Dusseldorf, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Chennai, India

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Palais Lascaris. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Musee Matisse. When in Nice, make a side trip to see La Croisette in Cannes, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie Charles Negre.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nice day trip planning app .

Chennai, India to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In March, Nice is cooler than Chennai - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La Croisette
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 30th (Mon), admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Nice to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Lyon, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Siena.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Castello del Trebbio. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate) and Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni (in Montalcino). There's much more to do: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of tram, flight, and train from Lyon to Florence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Florence are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Montalcino, Castello del Trebbio
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Museum. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Motorworld, then admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, and then wander the streets of Historic Old Town.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne tour itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Siena to Cologne in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Siena in April, things will get a bit cooler in Cologne: highs are around 17°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum

few
hours
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 6th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade, then take a stroll through Konigsallee, and then see the interesting displays at Mahn- und Gedenkstatte.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dusseldorf attractions planner .

Dusseldorf is just a short distance from Cologne. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade

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