22 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

22 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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22 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Marais and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. You'll explore and learn at Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
For shopping fun, head to La Croisette or VinAzur - Vins de provence. Get some cultural insight at Rue d'Antibes and Vieille Ville. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Plage des Canebiers (in Saint-Tropez), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Plage d'Heraclee). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, and catch a ride with Taxi Boat Saint Tropez.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and train from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Cannes, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, VinAzur - Vins de provence, Plage des Canebiers
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nice to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Nice in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Bring the kids along to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Popular historic sites such as The Baptistery of St. John and Piazza del Duomo are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monumento a Dante Alighieri, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence route planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

4
nights
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.
Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia capture your imagination. Kids will appreciate attractions like St. Mark's Square and Ponte di Rialto. Change things up with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, examine the collection at Ca' Rezzonico, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Venice itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), explore the world behind art at Rietberg Museum, and then stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Venice to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Venice in May, with highs in Zurich at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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