21 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

21 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 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.
Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Île de la Cité. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary site.

Bengaluru, India to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Bengaluru to Paris, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Paris is cooler than Bengaluru - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Nice, France — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Castel Plage and Blue Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée Marc Chagall. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nice visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in March, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, get outside with Trockener Steg, then pause for some serene contemplation at Burgkirche Raron, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gornergrat, take a memorable tour with Fly Fish Zermatt, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Zermatt takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Interlaken.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Galerie Rigassi by SOON, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, and finally admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). Keep things going the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Weissenau-Naturschutzgebiet, then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken day trip app.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and then examine the collection at Fortress Furigen. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, see the interesting displays at Museum Rosengart Collection, look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Milan.
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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 13th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Milan vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Milan when traveling from Lucerne in March, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then get a dose of the wild on ATN Laguna Sud, then pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally contemplate the long history of Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Venice visit planner.

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 17th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Florence online vacation planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally get great views at Colle del Gianicolo.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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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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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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