12 days in Paris, Zurich & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Paris, Zurich & Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Paris, Zurich & Italy Itinerary

Start: Beijing, China
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Beijing, China

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Le Bois des Aigles and Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes. Popular historic sites such as Danses Macabres d’Europe and Chateau de Maintenon are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chateau de Mont-l'Eveque (in Mont-l'Eveque), Musee de la Grande Guerre (in Meaux) and Chartres (Eglise St-Aignan & Chartres Historic Preservation Area). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris driving holiday planner.

Beijing, China to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Beijing in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Chartres, Musee de la Grande Guerre, Le Bois des Aigles, Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Chateau de Maintenon
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Chateau de Maintenon ©
Chateau de Maintenon
Le Bois des Aigles ©
Le Bois des Aigles
Danses Macabres d’Europe ©
Danses Macabres d’Europe

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg AG and Museum Aargau - Wildegg Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Forum of Swiss History Schwyz and Hallwyl Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Festung Vitznau (in Vitznau) and Sattel Hochstuckli (in Sattel). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zurich road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg AG, Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, Sattel Hochstuckli, Festung Vitznau, Wildegg Castle
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Sattel Hochstuckli ©
Sattel Hochstuckli
Hallwyl Castle ©
Hallwyl Castle
Wildegg Castle ©
Wildegg Castle

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Santuario Francescano del Presepe and Castello Odescalchi. You'll explore and learn at Museo Storico Piana delle Orme and Museo Colle del Duomo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Viterbo (Quartiere San Pellegrino & Viterbo Historic Centre), Museo Civico di Geopaleontologia e Preistoria dei Colli Albani (in Velletri) and Monastero Di S.Benedetto (in Subiaco). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Rieti's Underground and contemplate the long history of Casa Museo Joe Petrosino.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Rome in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in February, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 16°C and 5°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Viterbo, Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, Monastero Di S.Benedetto, Rieti's Underground, Santuario Francescano del Presepe
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Quartiere San Pellegrino ©
Quartiere San Pellegrino
Museo Storico Piana delle Orme ©
Museo Storico Piana delle Orme
Castello Orsini-Odescalchi ©
Castello Orsini-Odescalchi

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