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
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Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  14​h 45​min
4
Porto-Vecchio, France
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  9​h
5
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
6
Portoferraio, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3​h
7
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Gardone Riviera, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Keflavik, Iceland

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 15th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Einkaufszentrum Glatt, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and then stop by Confiserie Sprungli.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner .

Keflavik, Iceland to Zurich is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In June, Zurich is somewhat warmer than Keflavik - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Einkaufszentrum Glatt
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Confiserie Sprungli ©
Confiserie Sprungli
Einkaufszentrum Glatt ©
Einkaufszentrum Glatt
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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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.
On the 16th (Sun), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, and then fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chamonix day trip site .

Drive from Zurich to Chamonix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons

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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux II, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sarlat Market, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Feudal de Benyac, then stop by Cave Philippe Godard, then don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Marche Couvert - Marche Alimentaire de Sarlat. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Cougnac, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, stroll through Grotte du Grand Roc, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Puymartin, and finally don't miss a visit to Les Cabanes du Breuil.

For reviews and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip maker site .

Drive from Chamonix to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grotte du Grand Roc, Lascaux II, Les Grottes de Maxange, Grottes de Cougnac
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Lascaux II ©
Lascaux II
Grottes de Cougnac ©
Grottes de Cougnac
Les Grottes de Maxange ©
Les Grottes de Maxange

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Porto-Vecchio, France

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Saint-Cyprien, stroll through Tamaricciu Beach, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the next day, look for gifts at L' Alivi, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Tarco, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Tramulimacchia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Porto-Vecchio route builder tool .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Porto-Vecchio by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Porto-Vecchio. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Assisi.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Waterskiing & Jetskiing, L' Alivi
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plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
L' Alivi ©
L' Alivi
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, look for all kinds of wild species at Bosco di San Francesco, then delve into the distant past at Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, and finally stop by La Bottega Dei Sapori (S.N.C.). Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Azienda Agraria Saio, do a tasting at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Foods Italy, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Assisi trip planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Porto-Vecchio to Assisi in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In June in Assisi, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Assisi

Wildlife Wineries Outdoors

Side Trip

Wild Foods Italy
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Bosco di San Francesco ©
Bosco di San Francesco
La Bottega Dei Sapori (S.N.C.) ©
La Bottega Dei Sapori (S.N.C.)

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Portoferraio, Italy

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 25th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone, then take in the exciting artwork at Gulliver - Terre d'Autore, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cavoli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Gelateria Zero Gradi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Di Sottobomba, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Portoferraio travel planner .

Getting from Assisi to Portoferraio by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Assisi in June, you will find days in Portoferraio are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gulliver - Terre d'Autore, Spiaggia di Cavoli
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Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia Di Sottobomba ©
Spiaggia Di Sottobomba

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence online trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. While traveling from Portoferraio, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, browse the different shops at T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice vacation maker tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gardone Riviera.

Things to do in Venice

Shopping Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi ©
T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi
Mercati di Rialto ©
Mercati di Rialto

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Gardone Riviera, Italy

Gardone Riviera ©
Gardone Riviera is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy. Museum-lovers will appreciate Il Vittoriale degli Italiani and Museo della Guerra Bianca in Adamello. Step out of the city life by going to Sentiero dei Fiori - Adamello and Parco Archeologico Comunale di Seradina-Bedolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gardone Riviera: Sacrario militare del Passo Del Tonale (in Passo del Tonale) and Mountain Live, canyoning in Trentino (in Storo). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Heller Garden, examine the collection at Museo Il Divino Infante, appreciate the history behind Tomba di Gabriele d'Annunzio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Kurpromenade.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gardone Riviera journey planning site .

You can drive from Venice to Gardone Riviera in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Gardone Riviera, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Gardone Riviera

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Passo del Tonale, Parco Archeologico Comunale di Seradina-Bedolina, Mountain Live, canyoning in Trentino, Museo della Guerra Bianca in Adamello
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Mountain Live, canyoning in Trentino ©
Il Vittoriale degli Italiani ©
Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
Museo della Guerra Bianca in Adamello ©

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): shop like a local with ARTBOX.GALLERY, then stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip planner .

Getting from Gardone Riviera to Zurich by car takes about 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Gardone Riviera in July, with highs in Zurich at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg ©
Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
ARTBOX.GALLERY ©
ARTBOX.GALLERY

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