18 days in France, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

18 days in France, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Reims, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 6 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rosengart Collection and Altstadt Luzern. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt Pilatus and Ufschotti Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lucerne vacation site.

Charlotte, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in August, expect Lucerne to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Reims.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

Reims, France

— 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): play a few rounds at Golf de Reims, then do a tasting at Budding, then tee off at Ugolf Reims-Bezannes, and finally get lost in a book at Mediatheque Jean Falala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Foujita, walk around Square des Victimes de la Gestapo, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jacques, then do a tasting at Champagne Lanson, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Reims online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Reims takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September in Reims, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Wineries
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Paris, France

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and Paris Plage. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Reims to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 6 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Vernazza. Get in touch with nature at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre and Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Fegina, learn about winemaking at Buranco Agriturismo, trek along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre journey planning website.

You can fly from Paris to Cinque Terre in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cinque Terre: highs are around 78°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails
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Milan, Italy

— 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Villa Necchi Campiglio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Milan road trip planning app.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Milan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daytime highs in Milan are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums
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France travel guide

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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.

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.