15 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

15 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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15 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

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.
Kids will enjoy Colosseum and Palatine Hill. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planning website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Rome is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Rome reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio. On the next day, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florence route builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Florence sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Punta della Dogana, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, and finally make a trip to Piazza San Marco. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, then get in on the family fun at Parapark Zurich, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Center.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Parapark Zurich ©
Parapark Zurich
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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 enjoy Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary builder site .

Fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs

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