20 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, then browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, and then make a trip to Spanish Steps. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

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Cairo, Egypt to Rome is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairo in December: high temperatures in Rome hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Venice, Italy — 2 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.
On the 13th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony.

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Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in December; daily highs in Venice reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
On the 15th (Fri), visit Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then make a trip to Place Massena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, then cool off at Aquasplash, and then explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in December, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks
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Zurich, Switzerland — 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Lucerne and Museum Rietberg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee (in Kuessnacht am Rigi), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Natur- und Tierpark Goldau (in Goldau). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

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You can fly from Nice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nice in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Attractions like Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

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You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.

France travel guide

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.

Switzerland travel guide

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.