8 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Rivalta di Torino, Italy
— 1 day
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at Musee Ariana, make a trip to Rolex Learning Center EPFL, and then take a tour of La Suisse - Belle Epoque - paddle steamboat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. September in Geneva sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Lyon, France

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Mur des Canuts, then take a stroll through Cite medievale de Perouges, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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Nice, France

— 1 night

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planning website.

Getting from Lyon to Nice by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lyon in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 21°C. You'll set off for Rivalta di Torino on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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Rivalta di Torino, Italy

— 1 day
Rivalta di Torino is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Turin in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 14 km southwest of Turin in the valley of the Sangone.It is home to a medieval castle, around which the town originated starting from the 11th century. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, don't miss a visit to Parco Culturale le Serre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then walk around Parco Municipale Pianezza, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Del Conte Verde.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rivalta di Torino online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Rivalta di Torino takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rivalta di Torino when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Rivalta di Torino

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally take a stroll through Brera District.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Milan travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Rivalta di Torino to Milan in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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Interlaken, Switzerland

— 1 day
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): walk around Hohematte Park, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Interlaken online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Milan to Interlaken by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September, Interlaken is little chillier than Milan - with highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours
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Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern and then enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bern, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife
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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.