14 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

14 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train to Napoli Centrale, Fly to Alghero
Alghero, Italy
— 1 night
Drive to Alghero-Fertilia Airport, Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Menaggio
Menaggio, Italy
— 2 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in May, things will get colder in Rome: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alghero.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Alghero, Italy — 1 night

Little Barcelona

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
On the 26th (Fri), go for a walk through Escala del Cabirol, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Alghero online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Rome to Alghero in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Rome in May, Alghero is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Menaggio.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries
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Menaggio, Italy — 2 nights

Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. The Roman conquest culminated with the construction of a road called the Via Regina.Menaggio was a walled city. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Villa Carlotta, then admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Menaggio trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alghero to Menaggio. In May, daily temperatures in Menaggio can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Lauterbrunnen (Staubbach Waterfall & Trümmelbachfälle), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lucerne day trip site.

Traveling by car from Menaggio to Lucerne takes 3 hours. When traveling from Menaggio in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lucerne: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can fly to Bordeaux.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, then don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online travel route planner.

Fly from Lucerne to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.
Historic Sites
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip app.

Getting from Bordeaux to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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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.

Sardinia travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.

Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

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.