36 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

36 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seine River and Walking tours. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Christchurch in June, with highs in Paris at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Nice, France

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vieille Ville and Musée Marc Chagall. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Be Free To Dive in Villeneuve-Loubet, approximately Villeneuve-Loubet away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nice road trip app.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Chillon and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Chateau de Vullierens (in Vullierens), Cathedrale de Lausanne (in Lausanne) and Alpine Garden La Rambertia (in Montreux). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Geneva day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Geneva takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Geneva, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Lucerne and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Chapel Bridge (in Lucerne) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and don't miss a visit to Sechselautenplatz.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Zurich road trip app.

Getting from Geneva to Zurich by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Zurich are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Centro Storico di Venezia. Step out of Venice to go to Garda and see Lago di Garda, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Venice road trip site.

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in June: high temperatures in Venice hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Pisa, Italy

— 4 nights
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le mura di Lucca and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Explore Pisa's surroundings by going to Lucca (Piazza Anfiteatro & Torre Guinigi), Montecatini Alto (in Montecatini Alto) and Galata Museo del Mare (in Genoa). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baptistery of St. John, take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, and get to know the fascinating history of Knights’ Square.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pisa driving holiday website.

Drive from Venice to Pisa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piazza del Campo and Food Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Siena (Duomo di Siena, Torre del Mangia, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Perseus Statue, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, engage your brain at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science, and admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Pisa to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, make a trip to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Rome sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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.

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.

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

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.