18 days in Italy, France & Zermatt Itinerary

18 days in Italy, France & Zermatt Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Lourdes, France
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Vignale Monferrato, Italy
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Casale Monferrato, Italy
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Colombo to Paris. In May, Paris is much colder than Colombo - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lourdes.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Lourdes, France — 1 night

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 27th (Sun), look for gifts at Les Halles de Lourdes, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de l'Adoration., and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crypte de la Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception..

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lourdes road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lourdes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Lourdes sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Rome.
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Shopping · 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.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rome route builder site.

You can fly from Lourdes to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, Rome is somewhat warmer than Lourdes - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venice is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip builder app.

Fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 3 nights

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 3rd (Sun), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then take an in-depth tour of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo, and then get great views at Monumento Naturale Regionale del Sasso di Preguda.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vignale Monferrato.
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Vignale Monferrato, Italy

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You can drive from Milan to Vignale Monferrato in 2 hours. While traveling from Milan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Vignale Monferrato, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. You'll set off for Casale Monferrato on the 5th (Tue).
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Casale Monferrato, Italy — 1 night

Casale Monferrato is a town in the Piedmont region in Italy, in the province of Alessandria. On the 6th (Wed), stop by Libreria Idea, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Vitta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santo Stefano, then make a trip to Torre Civica di Santo Stefano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Via Saffi.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Casale Monferrato day trip planning site.

Casale Monferrato is just a stone's throw from Vignale Monferrato. When traveling from Vignale Monferrato in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Casale Monferrato, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Viewpoint Kirchbrucke bridge, head outdoors with Monta Rosa Hut, and then take in the awesome beauty at Edelweiss Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and then take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Casale Monferrato to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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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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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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