21 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

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21 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Triunfo, Brazil
Drive + Fly:  39 h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Grenoble, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Turin, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  37 h
End: Triunfo, Brazil

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grossmunster and Niederdorf. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and Limmat. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Munot (in Schaffhausen) and Lucerne (Hofkirche & The Rosengart Collection). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Lindenhof, admire the striking features of Turm in Regensberg, and take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary planning tool .

Triunfo, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 39-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Triunfo to Zurich. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Turm in Regensberg, Munot
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

3
nights
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.
On the 28th (Mon), take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, stroll through La Garenne, and then step into the grandiose world of Rolle Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, examine the collection at Musee Ariana, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Prangins, and finally examine the collection at Chateau de Nyon.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip planning site .

Fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

La Garenne, Prangins Castle, Chateau de Nyon, Rolle Castle, Vieux-Carouge
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Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Prangins Castle ©
Prangins Castle

3
nights
Grenoble, France

Grenoble ©
At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Step out of the city life by going to St Martin de Belleville and Valloire Galibier. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Crussol and Parc du Chateau de Vizille. Step out of Grenoble to go to La Sone and see Jardin des fontaines petrifiantes, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chartreuse Cellars, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Revolution Francaise, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Dauphinois.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Grenoble

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vizille, Chartreuse, Office de Tourisme de Valloire Galibier, St Martin de Belleville, Chateau de Crussol
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Chateau de Crussol ©
Chateau de Crussol
Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes ©
Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes
Office de Tourisme de Valloire Galibier ©

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ile Saint-Louis and Hotel de Ville. Chateau de Pierrefonds and Left Bank (Rive Gauche) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Paris to go to Fontainebleau and see Chateau de Fontainebleau, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Latin Quarter, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Grenoble to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Turin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chateau de Pierrefonds
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Chateau de Pierrefonds ©
Chateau de Pierrefonds
Hotel de Ville ©
Hotel de Ville
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

3
nights
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Escape the urban bustle at Sentieri della Valnontey and Valle Argentera. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Azienda Agricola Ca Neuva and Palazzo Madama. Explore Turin's surroundings by going to Agricola Gian Piero Marrone (in La Morra), Cantina Francesco Borgogno (in Barolo) and Lago Nero (in Cesana Torinese).

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Turin trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Turin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, expect Turin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Turin

Parks Wineries Trails

Side Trips

Lago Nero, Agricola Gian Piero Marrone, Azienda Agricola Ca Neuva, Valle Argentera, Cantina Francesco Borgogno
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Cantina Francesco Borgogno ©
Cantina Francesco Borgogno
Agricola Gian Piero Marrone ©
Agricola Gian Piero Marrone
Lago Nero ©
Lago Nero

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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.
On the 9th (Sat), do a tasting at Enoteca Bolis, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi di Sant'Alessio. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Brera District, explore the world behind art at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, and then explore the activities along Parco Arcadia.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Milan holiday planner .

Take a train from Turin to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Wildlife Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pavia, Parco Arcadia, Oasi di Sant'Alessio
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Oasi di Sant'Alessio ©
Oasi di Sant'Alessio
Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro ©
Brera District ©
Brera District

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