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
train:  2​h 30​min
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, then head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and finally wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris route builder tool .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Time is minus 6 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (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

2
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.
On the 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Nice trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough 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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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Via Condotti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Nice to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (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.
Visit Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Scrovegni Chapel, & more) and Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet - McArthurGlen (in Noventa di Piave). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, and contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice route planning tool .

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Padua, Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet - McArthurGlen
Highlights from your plan
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.
For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will leave for Zurich on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

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 12th (Wed): take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in August, with highs in Zurich at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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