14 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

14 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cagliari, Italy
— 1 night
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Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

Discover how to plan a Rome trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rome is minus 3 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Rome at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cagliari.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Cagliari, Italy — 1 night

City of Sun

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, trot along with Ranch Paky Barroso, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cagliari online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Cagliari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Varenna.
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Varenna, Italy — 2 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. On the 27th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Villa Carlotta, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, and then admire the landmark architecture of I Giardini di Villa Melzi. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Varenna road trip website.

You can fly from Cagliari to Varenna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May in Varenna, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Lauterbrunnen (Staubbach Waterfall & Trümmelbachfälle), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Varenna to Lucerne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Varenna in May, you will find days in Lucerne are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly to Bordeaux.
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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.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux travel planning app.

You can fly from Lucerne to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.
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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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Sardinia travel guide

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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.
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Lake Como travel guide

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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."
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France travel guide

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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.
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