20 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

20 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Amalfi, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Paris, France

City of Light

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Paris Plage. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris day trip planner.

Hong Kong, China to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Paris is minus 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hong Kong in July: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence, and finally contemplate the long history of Ville medieval. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, then visit Place Rossetti, then get outside with Promenade du Paillon, and finally steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paris in July since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Uferpromenade Weggis and Glasi Hergiswil are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt Pilatus and Augusta Raurica. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Giessbachfälle (in Brienz), Lauterbrunnen (Airtime Paragliding, Lauterbrunnen Village, &more) and Meiringen (Reichenbach Falls & Aare Gorge). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lucerne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in July, Lucerne is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally see the interesting displays at Armani Silos. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mura Venete, take some stellar pictures from Campanone o Torre Civica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella Colleoni, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Milan sightseeing app.

Getting from Lucerne to Milan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In July, Milan is a bit warmer than Lucerne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then kick back and relax at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Florence tour planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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Amalfi, Italy

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On the 25th (Sun), shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, appreciate the views at Valle dei Mulini, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then ponder the design of Fontana sant'Andrea, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Luna Convento. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, then stroll through Ravello-Minori Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero dei Limoni, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Saint Trofimena.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Amalfi trip maker.

Drive from Florence to Amalfi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Florence in July, Amalfi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Amalfi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore hidden gems such as Cupola di San Pietro and Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Pantheon. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planner.

Drive from Amalfi to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Amalfi in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.