12 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland), Switzerland & France Itinerary

12 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland), Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Stresa, Italy
— 1 night
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Nice, France
— 4 nights


Stresa, Italy

— 1 night
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Beauty24 and then get engrossed in the history at House of The Resistance. On your second day here, browse for treasures at Epoque Antichita e Restauro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Veronica, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Civico Archeologico.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Stresa is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Stresa, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Stresa is much colder than Dubai - with highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Stresa

Museums · Shopping · Spas · Historic Sites

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then take a stroll through Niederdorf.

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Getting from Stresa to Zurich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Stresa in February: highs in Zurich hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

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Traveling by flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

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Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Step out of Nice to go to Tanneron and see Massif du Tanneron, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

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You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, Nice is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

France travel guide

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.