12 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 45​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  4​h
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
End: Paris, France

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stop by Thiais Village, pause for some photo ops at Monument a Charles Gounod, and then walk around Square des Poetes.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Indonesia, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Thiais Village
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Thiais Village ©
Thiais Village

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then wander the streets of Via Condotti, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online tour builder .

You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Rome reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

1
day
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then look for gifts at Vecchia Murano V.M. srl, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Castello Sforzesco.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Milan online tour builder .

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Oasi WWF del Bassone
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zermatt holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Zermatt takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Lucerne on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): wander the streets of Old Town and then look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

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Take a train from Zermatt to Lucerne in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zurich
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
On the 10th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Lucerne to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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