18 days in France, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

18 days in France, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

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18 days in France, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly + train:  16​h
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Reims, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
5
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Charlotte, United States


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3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Lucerne and Mt Pilatus. Altstadt Luzern and The Rosengart Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ufschotti Park, head outdoors with Pilatus Bahnen AG, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Lucerne online sightseeing planner .

Charlotte, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In August, Lucerne is slightly colder than Charlotte - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
Reims, France

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tee off at Golf de Reims, then learn about winemaking at WB Champagne, then tee off at Ugolf Reims-Bezannes, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mediatheque Jean Falala. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Foujita, appreciate the extensive heritage of Square des Victimes de la Gestapo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jacques, then do a tasting at Champagne Lanson, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Reims driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Lucerne to Reims by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Reims sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites
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Golf de Reims ©
Golf de Reims
Champagne Lanson ©
Champagne Lanson
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trocadero and Paris Plage. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Montmartre and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

You can take a train from Reims to Paris in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

6
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Cinque Terre Trails. Get outdoors at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre and Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza. There's lots more to do: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, stroll through Spiaggia di Fegina, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Corniglia.

Before you visit Cinque Terre, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Paris to Cinque Terre by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Cinque Terre hover around 78°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan travel planner.

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio

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