18 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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18 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
2
Niort, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Dijon, France
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
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 13th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then stroll around Luxembourg Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

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New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris due to the time zone difference. In August, Paris is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Niort.

Things to do in Paris

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

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nights
Niort, France

Niort is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.The population of Niort is 60,486 and more than 137,000 people live in the urban area. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Base de Loisirs Nautisme & Plein Air, stop by La Cabane, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Embarcadere de l'Abbaye, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the next day, go for a stroll along the water at Embarcadere Port de Montfaucon, then get outside with Venise Verte Evasion, and then get outside with Embarcadere Prada.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Niort trip itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paris to Niort. August in Niort sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Dijon.

Things to do in Niort

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maillezais, Embarcadere Port de Montfaucon, Embarcadere Prada, Venise Verte Evasion, Base de Loisirs Nautisme & Plein Air
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Room Escape Games
Venise Verte Evasion ©
Venise Verte Evasion
Embarcadere Prada ©
Embarcadere Prada

1
night
Dijon, France

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): walk along Owl's Trail, then get to know the resident critters at Parc de l'Auxois, then see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, and finally indulge your taste buds at Boursot Pere & Fils. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dijon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Niort to Dijon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Dijon

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Beaune, Boursot Pere & Fils, Parc de l'Auxois
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Parc de l'Auxois ©
Parc de l'Auxois

1
night
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Rathaus, meet the residents at Zoo Basel, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basel Munster, and finally look for gifts at Johann Wanner.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Basel trip planner.

You can take a train from Dijon to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Basel

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Rathaus ©
Rathaus

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night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Geneva online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Basel to Geneva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Faunistico le Cornelle and then find something for the whole family at Leolandia. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Tecla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Milan attractions planning app .

You can fly from Geneva to Milan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Geneva in August, with highs in Milan at 85°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Milan

Theme Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parco Faunistico le Cornelle, Leolandia
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Leolandia ©
Leolandia
Parco Faunistico le Cornelle ©
Parco Faunistico le Cornelle
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Parco Villa Florida, explore the activities along Lake Lugano, then look for gifts at Inperfetta Vintage, and finally stroll through Parco Civico.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lugano itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Milan to Lugano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lugano are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Parco Villa Florida ©
Parco Villa Florida

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nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take a stroll around Vernazza, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, and finally get great views at Bar Terza Terra. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, and then stroll through Sun Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Lugano to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Sun Beach
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Sun Beach ©
Sun Beach
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

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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 (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Florence sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, wander the streets of Cannaregio, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Scrovegni Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio. On your second day here, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the striking features of Doge's Palace.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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