12 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  10​h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Doha, Qatar

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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 8th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, then steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker site .

Doha, Qatar to Paris is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Paris. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Doha in August, with highs in Paris at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, then steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planning site .

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
St Nicholas Cathedral ©
St Nicholas Cathedral

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 11th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Via Condotti, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pietro in Vincoli, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

You can fly from Nice to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

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St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Correr. Step off the beaten path and head to St Mark's Campanile and Ponte dei Sospiri. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet - McArthurGlen (in Noventa di Piave) and Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Scrovegni Chapel, & more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Venice trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Venice hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Padua, Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet - McArthurGlen
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 16th (Fri), you're off toZurich.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sechselautenplatz, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zurich journey builder app .

Getting from Florence to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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