31 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

31 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Menaggio, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Annecy, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then take in the views from Le Pont de Bir-Hakeim, then stroll around Parc du Champ de Mars, and finally explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Pantheon, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, then see a show at Palais Garnier, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

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Hanoi, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hanoi to Paris. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 3 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Chateau de Flaugergues, Cathedrale St. Pierre, Cité de Carcassonne, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, don't miss a visit to Place Saint-Roch, steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Roch.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip builder tool.

You can fly from Paris to Montpellier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect Montpellier to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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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.
You've added Vieille Ville, Fontaine De Saint-paul-de-vence, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nice day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Montpellier in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 21°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Duomo di Sant'Andrea as well as Positano. On the 25th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then make a trip to Spanish Steps, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea and then go for a walk through Positano.

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Fly from Nice to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in September since evenings lows in Rome dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for Florence.
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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 day by day itinerary now includes Piazza dei Miracoli, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Historic Centre of the City of Pienza. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Cipressi di San Quirico d'Orcia and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of the City of Pienza.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Menaggio.
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Menaggio, Italy — 1 night

Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. The Roman conquest culminated with the construction of a road called the Via Regina.Menaggio was a walled city. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di S. Carlo.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Menaggio road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Florence to Menaggio takes 4.5 hours. September in Menaggio sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 day

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Lion Monument has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the views from Chapel Bridge and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lucerne online road trip planner.

You can drive from Menaggio to Lucerne in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Menaggio in October: highs in Lucerne hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
You've added Nature Park Blausee, Harderkulm, Grindelwald-First, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Unspunnen Castle, explore the ancient world of Rothenfluh Ruins, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and finally get great views at Harderkulm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte, hike along Lieselotte Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, and finally explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Interlaken holiday site.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. October in Interlaken sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 4 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You've added Jardin des Cinq Sens, Aiguille du Midi, Brevent Cable Car, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and head off the coast to Ile des Cygnes.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Interlaken to Annecy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Interlaken in October, expect nights in Annecy to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden and then don't miss a visit to Old Town.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Annecy to Colmar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Colmar sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 nights

City of Light

Fondation Claude Monet has been added to your itinerary. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Bains des Martraits (in Mantes-la-Jolie), Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Enjoy Paris some more: wander the streets of Montmartre, take in the views from Pont Alexandre III, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Colmar to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Fri).
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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.
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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.
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Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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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.
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