14 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

14 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Versailles, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 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: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the striking features of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Rome route planner.

Manila, Philippines to Rome is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Rome, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Manila in December, with highs in Rome at 16°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Florence.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence route planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Milan.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then look for gifts at Savinelli Shop, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Milan online travel planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Milan is a bit cooler than Florence - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Geneva.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Geneva trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip planning website.

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Old Town, steep yourself in history at Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then make a trip to Statue of Liberty, then do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, and finally indulge your taste buds at Vins Sipp Mack.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colmar tour planner.

Getting from Zurich to Colmar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Colmar sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly to Versailles.
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Versailles, France — 1 night

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 4th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles and then make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Versailles trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Versailles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Versailles to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
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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.
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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.
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France travel guide

4.3
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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