21 days in Switzerland, Italy & Paris Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland, Italy & Paris Itinerary

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21 days in Switzerland, Italy & Paris Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cernobbio, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Newark, United States


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5
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and steep yourself in history at Cath├ędrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

Newark, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 57°F. You will leave for Zurich on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You've now added FIFA World Football Museum to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Zurich and Grossmunster. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Munot (in Schaffhausen) and Swiss Science Center Technorama (in Winterthur). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), explore the activities along Limmat, get great views at Lindenhof, and make a trip to Niederdorf.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich holiday planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Swiss Science Center Technorama, Munot
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Limmat ©
Limmat
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Altstadt Luzern. On the 10th (Fri), take in the views from Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) and then get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online trip planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. August in Lucerne sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. On the 12th (Sun), you're off toMilan.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Shopping
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

3
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Michele Maggiore, take in the views from Ponte Coperto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Ducale, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Vecchia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Milan online holiday builder .

You can drive from Lucerne to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Lucerne in August, expect Milan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Cernobbio.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pavia, Piazza Vecchia, Piazza Ducale, Certosa di Pavia
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Piazza Vecchia ©
Piazza Vecchia
Piazza Ducale ©
Piazza Ducale

5
nights
Cernobbio, Italy

Cernobbio ©
Cernobbio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa del Balbianello and Cascata del Toce. Venture out of the city with trips to i Giardini di Villa Melzi (in Bellagio), Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina) and Santuario di S. Maria dei Ghirli (in Campione d'Italia). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Turati Centro Nautico Lario, make a trip to Parco della Rocca Borromea, look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Val di Mello, and take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Valle.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cernobbio trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Milan to Cernobbio takes an hour. August in Cernobbio sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cernobbio

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tremezzina, KTS40CableCrew, Santuario di S. Maria dei Ghirli, Parco della Rocca Borromea, Faro voltiano
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Cascata del Toce ©
Cascata del Toce
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

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