22 days in Italy, South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

22 days in Italy, South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

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22 days in Italy, South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  15 h
1
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Canazei, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Trento, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Charlotte, United States

1
night
Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 18th (Fri), kick back and relax at Bestouan Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then have some family-friendly fun at Le Bois des Lutins.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Marseille is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in June, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Cassis, Scuba & Snorkeling, Route des Cretes, Le Bois des Lutins
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get outside with Canoe Evasion, steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges de Regalon, stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres, and then get outside with Ventoux Aventure.

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Take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canoe Evasion, Les Gorges de Regalon, Le Sentier des Ocres, Ventoux Aventure
Highlights from your plan
Canoe Evasion ©
Canoe Evasion
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres

2
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, and then don't miss a visit to Le Nomade. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Soleil, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planning tool .

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in June, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 76°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Antibes, Vallauris, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Plage du Soleil ©
Plage du Soleil
Le Nomade ©
Le Nomade

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Piazza del Campo & Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Florence road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nice to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, get a new perspective on things with Like a Venetian, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice holiday builder.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Venice are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canazei.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Canazei, Italy

Canazei ©
Canazei is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located in the upper part of the Val di Fassa, about 110km northeast of Trento. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stop by VINO Wine Shop, don't miss a visit to Funivia Pass Pordoi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sass Pordoi, then stroll through Sentiero Viel del Pan, and finally head outdoors with La Terrazza delle Dolomiti.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Canazei online itinerary maker .

Getting from Venice to Canazei by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Canazei, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Trento.

Things to do in Canazei

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sass Pordoi ©
Sass Pordoi
La Terrazza delle Dolomiti ©
La Terrazza delle Dolomiti
Funivia Pass Pordoi ©
Funivia Pass Pordoi

1
night
Trento, Italy

Trento ©
Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
On the 3rd (Sat), ponder the design of Fontana dell'Aquila, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, then have fun and explore at MUSE - Science Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Gruppo Dolomitico Sciliar-Catinaccio, Latemar - UNESCO.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Trento travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Canazei to Trento in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Trento

Childrens Museums Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
MUSE - Science Museum ©
MUSE - Science Museum

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Zurich (Lake Zurich & Fraumünster Church). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Trento to Lucerne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July, Lucerne is a bit cooler than Trento - with highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Zurich
Highlights from your plan
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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