15 days in Italian Alps, Swiss Alps & France Itinerary

15 days in Italian Alps, Swiss Alps & France Itinerary

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15 days in Italian Alps, Swiss Alps & France Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  5 h 45 min
1
Trento, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
3
Briancon, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  4 h
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

1
night
Trento, Italy

Trento ©
Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Trento itinerary planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Trento is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Trento, with lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Trento

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Scuola Italiana di Sci & Snowboard Kristal
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MUSE - Science Museum ©
MUSE - Science Museum

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 21st (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, then take in the dramatic natural features at Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip planner .

Getting from Trento to Lugano by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Briancon.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone
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Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello ©
Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone ©
Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone
Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio ©
Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio

4
nights
Briancon, France

Briancon ©
Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Get outdoors at Station de Ski Reallon and Vars Speed Masters. Family-friendly places like Vars la Foret Blanche and Ski Orcieres Merlette will thrill your kids. Explore Briancon's surroundings by going to Winter Parc (in Orcieres), Pure (in Vars) and Stations Village du Pays de la Meije (in La Grave). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Esf Chabanon, hike along Le refuge Tuckett, and get outside with Ecole de VTT Buissonniere.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Briancon trip app .

Getting from Lugano to Briancon by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Briancon

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vars, Orcieres, Ecole de VTT Buissonniere, Esf Chabanon, Le refuge Tuckett
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Station de Ski Reallon ©
Station de Ski Reallon
Stations Village du Pays de la Meije ©
Stations Village du Pays de la Meije
Esf Chabanon ©
Esf Chabanon

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Pierini Verre contemporain. Go for a jaunt from Nice to Andon to see Station de Ski L'Audibergue about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bellet and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Hospice.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip app .

Drive from Briancon to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Station de Ski L'Audibergue, Chapelle Saint Hospice, Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris trip builder site .

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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