19 days in Italy, Zurich & Paris Itinerary

19 days in Italy, Zurich & Paris Itinerary

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19 days in Italy, Zurich & Paris Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  15​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome holiday builder app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, with highs in Rome at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally make a trip to Ratto della Sabina. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. March in Florence sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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 21st (Sat), admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 22nd (Sun), take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip planner .

Fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Venice in March, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 13°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery) ©

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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