12 days in Italy, Paris & Lucerne Itinerary

12 days in Italy, Paris & Lucerne Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: San Francisco, United States

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Marne-la-Vallee to see Disneyland Paris about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online visit planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 6th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Paris to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lucerne to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in June, expect Florence to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

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.
Bring the kids along to Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rome road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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