16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: San Francisco, United States

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Nice is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni & Piazza del Campo). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, make a trip to Palazzo Vecchio, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence vacation builder app .

Getting from Nice to Florence by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Nice in March, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bern.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten, then appreciate the history behind Mosesbrunnen, then admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bern driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Florence to Bern takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in March; daily highs in Bern reach 53°F and lows reach 31°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Gruyeres Castle
Highlights from your plan
Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle
Gurten ©
Gurten
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Titlis (in Engelberg) and Barenpark (in Bern). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, examine the collection at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Bern to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Titlis, Barenpark
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Biosphaere Entlebuch ©
Biosphaere Entlebuch

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 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then wander the streets of Old Town, and then make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zurich tour itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Lisbon. Traveling from Zurich in March, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 64°F and lows about 48°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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