18 days in France, Italy & Zurich Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights


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.
You've added Luxembourg Gardens, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Île de la Cité, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris online holiday planner.

Atlanta, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Atlanta to Paris. Traveling from Atlanta in December, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 47°F and 37°F. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Petite France as well as Happy Strasbourg. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
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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.
You've now added Uetliberg Mountain to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and Limmatquai.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zurich day trip app.

Drive from Strasbourg to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 30°F. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Venice.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ponte di Rialto, Museo Ebraico di Venezia and Isola di Murano. Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Cannaregio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Venice journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Venice, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jewish Museum, Tempio Maggiore di Roma, Piazza del Campidoglio, and other attractions.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome journey website.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for home.
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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.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.