15 days in Italian Alps, Swiss Alps & France Itinerary

15 days in Italian Alps, Swiss Alps & France Itinerary

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15 days in Italian Alps, Swiss Alps & France Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  6 h
1
Bolzano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

2
nights
Bolzano, Italy

Bolzano
South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Scuola Italiana di Sci Azzurra, then fly down the slopes at Scuola Italiana di Sci & Snowboard Kristal, and then make a trip to Mostra Delle Miniature e Dei presepi.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bolzano online trip maker .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Bolzano is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bolzano when traveling from Dusseldorf in December, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Bolzano

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Andalo, Scuola Italiana Sci & Snowboard San Vigilio Di Marebbe, Scuola Italiana di Sci Azzurra

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get curious at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, make a trip to Chiesa San Giorgio, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally get your game on at Transfinity.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip planner .

Getting from Bolzano to Lugano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Lugano sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Lugano

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, Chiesa San Giorgio
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio ©
Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and La Ferme du Far West. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: La Nouvelle Cremerie (in Chateauneuf de Grasse), Riviera Nature (in Grasse) and Fun Kart (in Le Bar-sur-Loup). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, cool off at Waterworld lake of gaudrade, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip planning website .

Getting from Lugano to Nice by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lugano in December: high temperatures in Nice hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Antibes, Grasse, Maison du Patrimoine, Waterworld lake of gaudrade, Fun Kart
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Waterworld lake of gaudrade ©
Waterworld lake of gaudrade

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Pirates Aventures (in La Valette-du-Var), Hyeres (Accro Aventures, Speedkart, & more) and Le Bois des Lutins (in Peypin). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, and explore the engaging exhibits at Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne.

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You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, Marseille is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Fun & Games Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hyeres, Avignon, Le Bois des Lutins, Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, Pirates Aventures
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Speedkart ©
Speedkart
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

4
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Paris and The Paris Catacombs make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

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