31 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

31 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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31 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
RV:  50​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Visit Pantheon and Duomo di Orvieto for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Mastro Cencio (in Civita Castellana) and Civita di Bagnoregio (in Civita di Bagnoregio). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria della Vittoria, don't miss a visit to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Rome due to the time zone difference. In September, Rome is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Mastro Cencio
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica di Santa Croce and Campanile di Giotto. Let the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and San Gimignano 1300 capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: San Gimignano (San Gimignano Bell Tower & Piazza della Cisterna). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Gimignano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce

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.
Visit Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Venice online trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
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.
On the 16th (Wed), make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Certosa di Milano, examine the collection at Pirelli HangarBicocca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then explore the world behind art at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, and finally explore the world behind art at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Venice to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Milan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio ©
Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 18th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, and finally examine the collection at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, look for gifts at La Chocolaterie de Geneve, then examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, and finally learn about all things military at Musee Militaire Genevois.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Geneva road trip planner.

You can fly from Milan to Geneva in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in September, expect Geneva to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Musee Militaire Genevois
Highlights from your plan
Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Zurich, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
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 24th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip site .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in September: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coco Beach and Les Grottes de Villecroze. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Plage de la Nartelle in Sainte-Maxime, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Armenienne Sainte-Marie de Nice, and contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Les Grottes de Villecroze, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Plage de la Nartelle
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Chateau de Chantilly in Chantilly City, approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in September, with highs in Paris at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de Chantilly
Highlights from your plan
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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