21 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

21 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel, Bahnhof SBB, Train to Interlaken
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Paris, France — 3 nights

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.
Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Get outdoors at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip builder tool.

Chennai, India to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chennai in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Parasailing & Paragliding. The Cathedral of Bern and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern (in Bern). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Schynige Platte and take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Interlaken trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Interlaken takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Zurich sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Venice.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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.
To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Venice trip maker.

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in July, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 36°C and lows about 22°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and M.G. Design. Museum-lovers will appreciate Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Change things up with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Florence travel route builder.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 3 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Cappella Sansevero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vesuvio National Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples travel route planning tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Naples in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Naples sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. Pantheon and Piazza Navona are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, take a stroll through Trastevere, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome holiday maker app.

You can take a train from Naples to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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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.
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