21 days in Italy, Paris & Lucerne Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights


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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Montmartre are in your itinerary. Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris travel route planner.

Knoxville, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Paris is 6 hours. When traveling from Knoxville in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Escape the urban bustle at Aletsch Glacier and Furka Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken), Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse & Old Town) and Grindelwald (Grindelwald-First & Maennlichen). The adventure continues: take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. October in Lucerne sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.
Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Venice, Italy — 4 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.
Do your shopping at Piazza delle Erbe and Oreficeria Boscolo Gioie. Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Basilica of St. Anthony (in Padua), Cantina San Gregorio (in Valdobbiadene) and Verona (Arena di Verona & Torre dei Lamberti). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lucerne to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, Venice is somewhat warmer than Lucerne - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to 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.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni & Wine Tours & Tastings), Cucina Giuseppina - Italian Cooking Family (in Certaldo) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip tool.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get into the urban bustle at Vernazza and then discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre tour builder app.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.
Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

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Getting from Cinque Terre to Rome by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Italy travel guide

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.