17 days in France, Italy & Zurich Itinerary

17 days in France, Italy & Zurich Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights


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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paris journey planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Paris is minus 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cannes.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Cannes, France — 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook, Place Massena, &more). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and don't miss a visit to La Croisette.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Cannes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Cannes hover around 33°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take a stroll through Old Town, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planning app.

Getting from Cannes to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cannes in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Milan.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Milan, Italy — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): experience rural life at FiorirAnno, get in on the family fun at Leolandia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, make a trip to Piazza Sant'Alessandro, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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Fly from Zurich to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect Milan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Palermo.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Palermo, Italy — 2 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale), Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta) and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, admire the striking features of Norman Palace, admire the masterpieces at Laboratorio d'Arte Angela Tripi, and don't miss a visit to Quattro Canti.

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Getting from Milan to Palermo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
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France travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

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.