50 days in Switzerland, Italy & France Itinerary

50 days in Switzerland, Italy & France Itinerary

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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
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Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 11 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 5 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Old Town. Explore hidden gems such as Mt Pilatus and Trümmelbachfälle. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Zermatt (Gorner Gorge & Gornergrat) and Lake Zurich (in Zurich). There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken road trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Interlaken. June in Interlaken sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Castello del Trebbio. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip site.

Fly from Interlaken to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, Florence is somewhat warmer than Interlaken - with highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Siena.
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Siena, Italy — 3 nights

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Let the collections at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piazza del Campo and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Venture out of the city with trips to San Gimignano (Guardastelle Vineyard, Duomo di San Gimignano, &more) and Podere Il Cocco (in Montalcino). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Siena trip planner.

Drive from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Siena can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Assisi.
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Assisi, Italy — 3 nights

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi and Montioni Frantoio e Cantina. Get in touch with nature at Cascata delle Marmore and Wild Foods Italy. Step out of Assisi to go to Perugia and see Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, learn about winemaking at Azienda Agraria Saio, and don't miss a visit to Eremo delle Carceri.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Assisi online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Assisi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Assisi sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 4 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Amalfi Coast Drive. Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Walk of the Gods. Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Ravello (Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela & Duomo di Ravello), Spiaggia di Atrani (in Atrani) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Fornillo, take some stellar pictures from Monte Faito e Panorama, enjoy the sand and surf at Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Positano route website.

Drive from Rome to Positano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Positano, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 3 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visiting Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Levanto to Monterosso Trail and Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco. There's still lots to do: hike along Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Manarola, make a trip to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cinque Terre visit planning website.

Getting from Positano to Cinque Terre by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Positano in July, plan for little chillier nights in Cinque Terre, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 5 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get outdoors at Castel Plage and Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Old Town & Musee Picasso) and Mala Beach Coastal Path (in Cap d'Ail). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, explore the world behind art at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, do a tasting at Chateau de Cremat, and discover the deep blue sea with Rand'eau evasion.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Cinque Terre in July, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Army Museum and Latin Quarter. Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online tour planner.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paris, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 11 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some cultural insight at Normandy American Cemetery and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Escape the urban bustle at Juno Beach and Plage de Cabourg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage), Ranville (Cimetières Militaires, Pegasus Memorial, &more) and Caen (Quartier du Vaugueux, Eglise Saint-Pierre, &more). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, examine the collection at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux), and appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip planner.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Paris in July, with highs in Bayeux at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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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