16 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

16 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

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16 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Drive + Train:  1 h 45 min
1
Calais, France
— Few hours
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Como, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Bellano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus:  15 min
7
Pompeii, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
8
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
9
Positano, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry:  30 min
10
Sorrento, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Ischia, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Subway + Train:  4 h 45 min
12
Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
End: London, United Kingdom

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Calais, France

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Cran d'Escalles, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, and then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Calais trip builder app .

London, UK to Calais is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Calais due to the time zone difference. In August in Calais, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Calais

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Cran d'Escalles
Highlights from your plan
Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Cran d'Escalles ©
Cran d'Escalles
Les Baraques Military Cemetery ©
Les Baraques Military Cemetery

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, do a tasting at Maurice Heckmann, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Viticole Dischler, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally take a stroll through La Petite France.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg online tour builder .

Traveling by train from Calais to Strasbourg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Calais in August, you will find days in Strasbourg are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Maurice Heckmann, Domaine Viticole Dischler
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Maurice Heckmann ©
Maurice Heckmann

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, then stroll through Ufschotti Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument and then fly down the slopes at Mount Titlis.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne visit planner .

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Lucerne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Como.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

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Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), then contemplate the long history of Broletto, and finally get outside with Lake Como Adventures.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Como trip builder tool .

You can drive from Lucerne to Como in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in August, things will get a bit warmer in Como: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bellano.

Things to do in Como

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Como Adventures ©
Lake Como Adventures
Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Basilica di San Fedele ©
Basilica di San Fedele

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Bellano, Italy

Bellano ©
Bellano is a comune (municipality) and small town on the eastern shore of Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located at northern outlet of the Valsassina.The town's main attraction is the Orrido ("gorge" or small canyon) formed through erosion by the river Pioverna before entering the lake, starting from 15 millions year ago. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

Discover how to plan a Bellano trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Como to Bellano takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Bellano

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Varenna, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Castello di Vezio
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero

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Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 21st (Wed), stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Gennaro, get to know the fascinating history of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, steep yourself in history at Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino, then explore the historical opulence of Castel dell'Ovo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, examine the collection at National Archaeological Museum of Naples, then steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Santa Restituta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Naples road trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bellano to Naples. Traveling from Bellano in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naples, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Pompeii.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Catacombe di San Gennaro ©
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli ©
Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli
Catacombe di San Gaudioso ©
Catacombe di San Gaudioso

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Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ruins of Herculaneum, steep yourself in history at Villa dei Misteri, and then delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pompeii trip website .

Pompeii is just a short distance from Naples. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ravello.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Villa dei Misteri ©
Villa dei Misteri

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Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido di Ravello, contemplate the long history of Villa Cimbrone Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Capo di Conca and then stroll through Spiaggia di castiglione.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ravello trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Pompeii to Ravello takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. August in Ravello sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Positano.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lido Capo di Conca
Highlights from your plan
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta e Cripta Medievale, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni d'Arienzo, then kick back and relax at Fornillo, and finally look for gifts at Nana' Positano.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Positano day trip website .

Positano is just a short distance from Ravello. In August, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sorrento.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Church of Santa Maria Assunta ©
Church of Santa Maria Assunta
Nana' Positano ©
Nana' Positano

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Sorrento, Italy

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
On the 27th (Tue), see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sorrento attractions planner .

Sorrento is just a stone's throw from Positano. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ischia.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Ischia, Italy

Ischia ©
Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): kick back and relax at Gardenia Mare, explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese d'Ischia, and then stop by Atelier delle Dolcezze. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagno Franco, then take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini La Mortella, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Soccorso, and finally contemplate the long history of Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana).

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ischia travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Sorrento to Ischia takes 1.5 hours. August in Ischia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bologna.

Things to do in Ischia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Forio, Isola d'Ischia, Bagno Franco
Highlights from your plan
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia ©
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
Giardini La Mortella ©
Giardini La Mortella
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana) ©
Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)

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Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at La Macchina del Tempo, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, then contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bologna Fotografata. Tre Secoli di Sguardi.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bologna online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ischia to Bologna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ischia in August since evenings lows in Bologna dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca ©
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

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