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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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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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 Louvre Museum will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Sainte-Chapelle and Ile Saint-Louis. Step out of Paris to go to Marne-la-Vallee and see Disneyland Paris, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, visit Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris road trip app.

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 8.5-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. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in April; daily highs in Paris reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · 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 combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; 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 travel 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 Cannaregio. 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 · Nature · 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 Gallerie Degli Uffizi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Campanile di Giotto. 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 some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, 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 Trevi Fountain. Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online attractions planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April in Rome, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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 · 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.

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.