15 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

15 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Train to Lyon
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Lyon, France
— 1 day
Train
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Sion, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Morcote, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Bergamo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France

— 1 day

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, then make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner.

Oslo, Norway to Lyon is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Oslo in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Lyon: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites

Avignon, France

— 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the galleries of Musee du Petit Palais, steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally stroll through Ile de la Barthelasse.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip planning site.

You can take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Avignon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and then explore the world behind art at Chateau La Coste en Provence. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then examine the collection at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Annecy, France

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois, and then steep yourself in history at Musee Chateau.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Annecy trip maker site.

You can drive from Marseille to Annecy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Marseille in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Annecy, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sion.

Things to do in Annecy

Museums · Historic Sites

Sion, Switzerland

— 1 night
Sion is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais and of the district of Sion. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermitage Notre-Dame de Longeborgne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Valere Basilica, and finally make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame du Glarier.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sion trip app.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Sion takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Sion

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 24th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, then see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lucerne holiday app.

Traveling by car from Sion to Lucerne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sion in April, you will find days in Lucerne are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Morcote.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Morcote, Switzerland

— 1 night
Morcote is a municipality in the Swiss canton of Ticino situated about 10 kilometres from Lugano in the district of Lugano on the shore of Lake Lugano.With its characteristic small alleys, the arcades of old Patrician homes, valuable architectural monuments and its natural beauty, the lakefront position, Morcote is considered "the Pearl of Ceresio".HistoryMorcote is first mentioned historically in 926 as Murcau, which comes from the Latin Morae caput, meaning head of the hill. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get curious at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baptisterium Riva San Vitale, examine the collection at Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse, then see the interesting displays at Alprose Schokolade-Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Morcote trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Morcote by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lucerne in April; daily highs in Morcote reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bergamo.

Things to do in Morcote

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bergamo, Italy

— 1 night

City of a Thousand

In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Museo di Scienze Naturali "E. Caffi", then contemplate the long history of Mura Venete, then contemplate the long history of La Citta Alta, and finally shop like a local with Accademia Carrara.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bergamo attractions site.

Getting from Morcote to Bergamo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Bergamo can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Bergamo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Verona, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta and then experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Verona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bergamo to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

Bologna, Italy

— 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Pietro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Via delle Volte, then view the masterpieces at Palazzo dei Diamanti, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Mura di Ferrara. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Palazzo Pepoli - Museo della Storia di Bologna, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Domenico, then enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, and finally contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bologna trip planner.

Traveling by train from Verona to Bologna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.