16 days in Paris, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

16 days in Paris, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Sainte-Chapelle and Île de la Cité. Step out of Paris to go to Marne-la-Vallee and see Disneyland Paris, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Cairo to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in April, with highs in Paris at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, stroll around Lindenhofplatz, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zurich attractions app.

Getting from Paris to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canal Grande and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Dorsoduro. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Prato della Valle about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Venice takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in April, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centro Storico and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Loggia dei Lanzi. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano, approximately San Gimignano away. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Kids will enjoy Colosseum and Pantheon. Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Galleria Borghese. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. April in Rome sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.