14 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

14 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights

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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.
Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt travel planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Geneva Cointrin International Airport. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Grindelwald Museum, Oeschinen Lake, Titlis Cliff Walk, and other attractions. On the 12th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, then gain insight with Sherlock Holmes Museum, and finally take in the views from Titlis Cliff Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Palais des Nations, Genève, CERN, and other attractions you added. On the 13th (Sun), admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and finally engage your brain at CERN.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Geneva, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

Chamonix, France

— 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aiguille du Midi as well as Lac Blanc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then admire all the interesting features of Brevent Cable Car, and finally look for gifts at Ferme de l'Aberieux.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Chamonix in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
You've added Théâtre gallo-romain, La Place Bellecour, Vieux Lyon, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, fly down the slopes at Orcieres Merlette Ski, steep yourself in history at Batteria dello Chaberton, then take a stroll through La Place Bellecour, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Lyon are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:

Marseille, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Chateau d'If has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Chateau d'If, then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, then stop by O Delices de Brice, and finally stop by Cours Mirabeau. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip site.

You can fly from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Le Mont-Valerien French Memorial to Resistance Martyrs, Montmartre, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and finally admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris journey maker website.

Fly from Marseille to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Marseille in March: high temperatures in Paris hover around 53°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Pisa.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Pisa, Italy

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 20th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Leaning Tower of Pisa, steep yourself in history at Battistero di San Giovanni, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, then admire the striking features of Duomo di Pisa, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Knights’ Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pisa journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Pisa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in March, you will find days in Pisa are somewhat warmer (60°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Genoa, Italy

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
You've added Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, Aquarium of Genoa, Le Bighe del Bigo - Genova Segway Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, then get outside with Le Bighe del Bigo - Genova Segway Tours, then see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Genoa trip builder site.

Drive from Pisa to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Genoa sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

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.