12 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, then take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and finally take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris route website.

Hanoi, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

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 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

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You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Via Condotti, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, then make a trip to Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome attractions website.

You can fly from Nice to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. January in Rome sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scrovegni Chapel and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Doge's Palace and Basilica of St. Anthony. Venture out of the city with trips to Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet (in Noventa di Piave) and Ragione Palace (in Padua). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rome in January; daily highs in Venice reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. You'll set off for Zurich on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Florence

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wineries

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zurich tour planner.

Fly from Florence to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in January, expect Zurich to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

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.