18 days in France, Zurich & Northwest Italy Itinerary

18 days in France, Zurich & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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18 days in France, Zurich & Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Keflavik, Iceland
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
6
Porto-Vecchio, France
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 45​min
7
Bormes-Les-Mimosas, France
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  1​h 45​min
8
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Keflavik, Iceland

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner .

Keflavik, Iceland to Zurich is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Keflavik to Zurich, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Keflavik in June, things will get a bit warmer in Zurich: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums

1
day
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 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary site .

Akureyri, Iceland to Venice is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Akureyri to Venice, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Akureyri in June, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Venice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
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 17th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then kick back and relax at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, and then contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Lido Di Camaiore, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florence holiday tool .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno ©
Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno
Lido Di Camaiore ©
Lido Di Camaiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Explore hidden gems such as Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia and Grotte di Frasassi. Change things up with these side-trips from Assisi: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Civita di Bagnoregio (in Civita di Bagnoregio). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, steep yourself in history at Eremo delle Carceri, and look for gifts at Terra Umbra.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Assisi travel planner.

You can drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Assisi when traveling from Florence in June, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia, Grotte di Frasassi, Duomo di Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia ©
Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia
Cascata delle Marmore ©
Cascata delle Marmore
Grotte di Frasassi ©
Grotte di Frasassi

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 22nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, make a trip to Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, then admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

1
night
Porto-Vecchio, France

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Saint-Cyprien, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamaricciu Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at L' Alivi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Santa Giulia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Palombaggia.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio road trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Porto-Vecchio in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waterskiing & Jetskiing, L' Alivi
Highlights from your plan
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Plage de Palombaggia ©
Plage de Palombaggia
Plage de Santa Giulia ©
Plage de Santa Giulia

2
nights
Bormes-Les-Mimosas, France

Bormes-Les-Mimosas ©
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. Relax by the water at Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Sylvabelle. Step out of the city life by going to Plage de l'Estagnol and Plage d'Aiguebelle. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Plage de Jean Blanc, hunt for treasures at Marche sur Bormes les Mimosas, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bormes-Les-Mimosas trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi from Porto-Vecchio to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, train, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Bormes-Les-Mimosas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, La Croix-Valmer, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Cannes, France

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 29th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Les Murs Peints, appreciate the history behind Monuments aux Morts, pick up some local products at Marche Forville, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Monastere Fortifie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Cannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Cannes are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Chamonix.

Things to do in Cannes

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Marche Forville ©
Marche Forville
Les Murs Peints ©
Les Murs Peints

1
night
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and finally stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Chamonix trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Cannes to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Chamonix Cemetery ©
Chamonix Cemetery

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take a stroll through Niederdorf, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli.

Plan my day in Zurich using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chamonix to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Confiserie Sprungli ©
Confiserie Sprungli
Niederdorf
Niederdorf

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