18 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

18 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Paris, France

— 3 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 masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Paris trip maker tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Paris. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in November: high temperatures in Paris hover around 12°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

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Nice, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then make a trip to Place Massena, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in November: high temperatures in Nice hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zurich is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), walk around Lindenhofplatz, and visit Old Town.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zurich online itinerary maker.

You can fly from Nice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in November; daily highs in Zurich reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Chiesa degli Eremitani). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in November, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Rome.

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Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Rome are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

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France travel guide

4.3
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Italy travel guide

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Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.