31 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

31 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

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. Galleria Borghese and Mastro Cencio will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio) and Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rome online day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In September, Rome is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza della Cisterna. Visit Campanile di Giotto and Basilica San Miniato al Monte for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: San Gimignano (San Gimignano 1300 & San Gimignano Bell Tower). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Cannaregio. Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Certosa di Milano, examine the collection at Pirelli HangarBicocca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then get engrossed in the history at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, and finally explore the world behind art at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan tour planning site.

Drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September in Milan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, and finally explore the world behind art at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, take in the exciting artwork 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.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Milan in September, with highs in Geneva at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich attractions planner.

You can travel from Geneva to Zurich in 50.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 examine the collection at Musee Granet. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, then examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marseille sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Zurich to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect Marseille to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Cimetiere du Chateau. Step out of the city life by going to Plage de la Nartelle and Les Grottes de Villecroze. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, stop by Place Rossetti, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Armenienne Sainte-Marie de Nice.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Nice, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Chateau de Chantilly. Step off the beaten path and head to Montmartre and Île de la Cité. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, stroll through Ile Saint-Louis, and see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo.

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You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in September, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

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.

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.