28 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

28 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rimini, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
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Drive to Marseille Provence Airport, Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Port-Cros
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Port-Cros, France
— 3 nights
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Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Drive to Lausanne
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Chapelle-D'Abondance, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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L'Aquila, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pescocostanzo, Italy
— 2 nights
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Chieti, Italy
— 3 nights

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Chamonix, France

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille du Midi, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Chambéry-Savoie Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport and Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Zermatt tour planner.

Drive from Chamonix to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rimini.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Rimini, Italy

— 3 nights

Seaside Capital

A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rimini: Indianini Outlet - L’Artigiano di Riccione (in Misano Adriatico), Ravenna (Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica San Vitale, &more) and Castello di Gradara (in Gradara). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at The Tiberius Bridge, delve into the distant past at Arco d'Augusto, examine the collection at Italy in Miniature, and make a trip to Porto Turistico Cesenatico.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Rimini in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Rimini sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Rimini

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, France

— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 18th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard, relax and rejuvenate at Thalasso Spa Les Issambres, and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Plage de l'Escalet, then take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and then go for a walk through St. Tropez Harbor.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rimini to Saint-Tropez in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Rimini, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Tropez, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port-Cros.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Port-Cros, France

— 3 nights
Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Port-Cros National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port-Cros online journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Saint-Tropez to Port-Cros with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Port-Cros can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to Lausanne.

Things to do in Port-Cros

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
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Lausanne, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy, then examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and then admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lausanne day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Port-Cros to Lausanne with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 25th (Mon), take in the views from Pont des Amours, pause for some photo ops at Claude Louis Berthollet, then see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, and finally make a trip to La Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at La Clusaz.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Annecy trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Lausanne to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Annecy, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to La Chapelle-D'Abondance.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

La Chapelle-D'Abondance, France

— 4 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from La Chapelle-D'Abondance: Lons-le-Saunier (Rue du Commerce, La Maison de La Vache qui rit, &more), Evian-les-Bains (Eglise de l'Assomption, Le Fabuleux Village des Flottins, &more) and Chateau Chalon (Eglise Saint-Pierre de Chateau-Chalon & L'Ecole d'Autrefois).

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read La Chapelle-D'Abondance online day trip planner.

You can drive from Annecy to La Chapelle-D'Abondance in 2 hours. In January in La Chapelle-D'Abondance, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to L'Aquila.

Things to do in La Chapelle-D'Abondance

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

L'Aquila, Italy

— 2 nights
L'Aquila is a city and comune in Southern Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila., it has a population of 70,967 inhabitants. On the 1st (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Stiffe, make a trip to Santa Maria ad Cryptas, then admire the natural beauty at Parco del Sole, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Campo Imperatore, ski along the peaceful trails at Funivia del Gran Sasso D'Italia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Bernardino, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Abruzzo - MUNDA, and finally ponder the design of Fontana delle 99 cannelle.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the L'Aquila online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Chapelle-D'Abondance to L'Aquila takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Chapelle-D'Abondance in January; daily highs in L'Aquila reach 15°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Pescocostanzo.

Things to do in L'Aquila

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pescocostanzo, Italy

— 2 nights
Pescocostanzo is a comune and town in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy. On the 3rd (Wed), get all the equipment you need at Scuola Sci & snowboard Pescocostanzo 3000, get in on the family fun at Coppo dell'Orso, then fly down the slopes at SkiPass Alto Sangro, then hit the slopes at Vallefura Pescocostanzo-Stazione di sport invernali, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at L'Oggetto. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, examine the collection at Antiquarium Dells Civilta Safina, explore the activities along Lago di Barrea, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Civitella Alfedena, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Bosco Sant'Antonio.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Pescocostanzo trip builder website.

Drive from L'Aquila to Pescocostanzo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from L'Aquila in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pescocostanzo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Chieti.

Things to do in Pescocostanzo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Chieti, Italy

— 3 nights
Chieti is a city and comune in Southern Italy, 200km east by northeast of Rome. Get out of town with these interesting Chieti side-trips: Ortona (Istituto Nazionale Tostiano - Istituto Culturale di Rilevanza Nazionale & Castello Aragonese), Grottammare (Giancarlo Livori Ceramiche, Grottammare Borgo Antico, &more) and Lungomare San Benedetto del Tronto (in San Benedetto Del Tronto). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Cantine Maligni, get outside with Pescara Turismo Nonno Remo, make a trip to Piazza di San Giustino, and snap pictures at Ponte Flaiano.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Chieti day trip planning website.

You can drive from Pescocostanzo to Chieti in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Chieti are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C.

Things to do in Chieti

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.

Abruzzo travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Churches · Beaches
The western border of Abruzzo lies only 80 km (50 mi) from Rome, making this central region an accessible and easily explored holiday destination. One of the most sparsely populated regions on the Italian peninsula, Abruzzo has historically been a wild and rather empty part of the country. But it's a growing favorite with vacationers eager to experience an authentic taste of unspoiled Italy. The region, where the north of Italy meets the south, is bordered by the Apennines to the west and fringed by the Adriatic Sea on the east. Among numerous places to visit, you could journey across Abruzzo's valleys and tour its abandoned hill towns for days, encountering only a few other tourists along the way. The region's coastline is much more touristy, featuring many beach resorts and pristine natural areas.