17 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Marseille, France
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  5​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
8
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
9
Varenna, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart, explore the world behind art at Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum, and then examine the collection at Villa Flora Winterthur. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wasserkirche, get engrossed in the history at Haus zum Rech, take an in-depth tour of Zunfthaus zur Meisen, then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and finally stop by Maurice de Mauriac.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip planning app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Zurich, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Istanbul in July, with highs in Zurich at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Winterthur
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Sammlung Oskar Reinhart ©
Sammlung Oskar Reinhart
Villa Flora Winterthur ©
Villa Flora Winterthur
Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum ©
Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum

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Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon.

For photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Montreux travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Montreux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Montreux

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Chantilly, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, then admire the masterpieces at Atelier des Lumieres, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of La Madeleine.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris trip maker app .

Take a train from Montreux to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chateau de Chantilly
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Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Musee Rodin ©
Musee Rodin

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Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux.

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Take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Historic Sites
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Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux ©
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux
Food Tours

1
night
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, see the interesting displays at Museum of natural History, get curious at Aeroscopia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

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Getting from Bordeaux to Toulouse by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aeroscopia
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Aeroscopia ©
Aeroscopia
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins

1
night
Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip app .

You can fly from Toulouse to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Calanques
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Calanques ©
Calanques

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, steep yourself in history at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and finally make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, admire the landmark architecture of Walls of Monteriggioni, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, then do a tasting at Tenuta Torciano Vineyards, and finally take an in-depth tour of Torre e Casa Campatelli.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Marseille to Florence in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Monteriggioni, San Gimignano
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Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Milan visit app .

Take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2 ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio

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Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como.

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You can take a train from Milan to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Varenna are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lago di Como, i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Castello di Vezio
Highlights from your plan
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Lago di Como ©
Lago di Como

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nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Rotonda di San Lorenzo, then admire the masterpieces at Camera degli Sposi, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Te, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Sirmione. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Piazzale Castel San Pietro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Verona's Cathedral (Duomo), then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, and finally don't miss a visit to Torre dei Lamberti.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Verona trip planner.

Drive from Varenna to Verona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mantua, Centro Storico Sirmione
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Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Basilica di Santa Anastasia ©
Basilica di Santa Anastasia
Piazzale Castel San Pietro ©
Piazzale Castel San Pietro

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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.
On the 26th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, explore the galleries of Palazzo Mocenigo, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then wander the streets of Campo Santa Margherita, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zaccaria. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Salvador, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio (Zobenigo), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo, and finally take a stroll through Santa Croce.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Church of San Pantalon ©
Church of San Pantalon
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Santa Maria dei Miracoli ©
Santa Maria dei Miracoli

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