12 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
Fly:  14​h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: Hanoi, Vietnam

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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 15th (Mon): admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, then step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and finally wander the streets of Le Marais.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hanoi to Paris. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

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nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Villa Kerylos
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 19th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica. On the next day, wander the streets of Via Condotti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

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Traveling by flight from Nice to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
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 St Mark's Campanile and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Get some historical perspective at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Scrovegni Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet - McArthurGlen (in Noventa di Piave) and Ragione Palace (in Padua). There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Mark's Square, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Padua, Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet - McArthurGlen
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 24th (Wed), you're off toZurich.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and then wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt).

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Florence to Zurich in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Florence in July; daily highs in Zurich reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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