14 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Genoa, Italy
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights


Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Get in touch with nature at Evasion Canine and Ile Saint-Louis. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and Musee Marmottan Monet. Venture out of the city with trips to Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau) (in Fontainebleau) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement.

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Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Paris. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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 17th (Mon): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then take in the dramatic natural features at La Roche de Solutre, then admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins, and finally visit The Presqu'ile. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

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You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lausanne.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Lausanne, Switzerland — 1 night

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): hike along Chemin de la Vuachere, then savor the flavors at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then take a peaceful walk through Sauvabelin Forest, and finally make a trip to Palais de Justice de Montbenon.

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You can drive from Lyon to Lausanne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Genoa.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Genoa, Italy — 3 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hike the Punta Manara and Camogli - San Rocco - Batterie - San Fruttuoso Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Parco del Beigua and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica delle Vigne, explore the historical opulence of D'Albertis Castle, make a trip to Piazza San Matteo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello.

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Fly from Lausanne to Genoa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Genoa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

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Fly from Genoa to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Switzerland travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

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.