25 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

25 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planning app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. In August, Paris is a bit cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Nice, France — 5 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 out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice vacation maker.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in August since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 25th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, stop by Laderach, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally hike along 5 Lakes Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, then contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt road 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Lake Lucerne). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take a stroll through Niederdorf, and stop by Old Town.

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Traveling by car from Zermatt to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly to Venice.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums
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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 30th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in August, with highs in Venice at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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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.
Step out of Florence with an excursion to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

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You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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France travel guide

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.

Switzerland travel guide

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.

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.