37 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

37 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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37 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
4
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
subway:  15​min
7
Vatican City, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Pisa, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Champagne-Vigny, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
11
Versailles, France
— 1 night
train:  15​min
12
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lion Monument & Mt Pilatus). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zurich planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Zurich are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lucerne
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Take a break from Interlaken with a short trip to Bergrestaurant Aellfluh in Grindelwald, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Interlaken itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Interlaken sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Aletsch Glacier, Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, Schynige Platte
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Schynige Platte ©
Schynige Platte

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, take in the views from Hangebrucke, and explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip site .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School
Hinterdorfstrasse ©
Hinterdorfstrasse

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Spiaggia di Onno (in Oliveto Lario), Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar (in Griante) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, admire the striking features of Villa Olmo, don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and tour the water at your own pace with Turati Centro Nautico Lario.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan road trip planning website .

Take a train from Zermatt to Milan in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Onno, Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar, Villa del Balbianello, Villa Olmo, Turati Centro Nautico Lario
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Turati Centro Nautico Lario ©
Turati Centro Nautico Lario
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

3
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Venice travel planning app .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
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: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in October, you will find days in Rome are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a subway to Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, then appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then examine the collection at Stanze di Raffaello, and finally make a trip to St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vatican City trip itinerary planner.

Vatican City is very close to Rome. October in Vatican City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pisa.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

3
nights
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), Bagno Maurizio (in Viareggio) and San Gimignano (Duomo di San Gimignano, Torre Grossa, & more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagno Eva, and admire the striking features of St Martin Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pisa holiday site .

Fly from Vatican City to Pisa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Pisa sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Pisa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Poggio al Bosco, Bagno Maurizio, Bagno Eva, St Martin Cathedral
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Poggio al Bosco ©
Poggio al Bosco
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Bagno Maurizio ©
Bagno Maurizio

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nights
Nice, France

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Marche provencal (in Antibes) and Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planning site .

You can drive from Pisa to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Champagne-Vigny.

Things to do in Nice

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Marche provencal, Eze Sur Mer Strand, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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nights
Champagne-Vigny, France

Champagne-Vigny ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Laurence of Arabians (in Mareuil), Chateau de Bourdeilles (in Bourdeilles) and Brantome Police Horses & Friends (in Saint-Pancrace).

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Champagne-Vigny driving holiday site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nice to Champagne-Vigny. Traveling from Nice in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Champagne-Vigny, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Versailles.

Things to do in Champagne-Vigny

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Puyguilhem, Laurence of Arabians, Velorail, Chateau de Bourdeilles, Chateau de Jumilhac
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Brantome Police Horses & Friends ©
Brantome Police Horses & Friends
Chateau de Puyguilhem ©
Chateau de Puyguilhem
Laurence of Arabians ©
Laurence of Arabians

1
night
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles. Here are some ideas for day two: get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Versailles, admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, then pick up some new kitchen skills with Atelier Cuisine de Patricia, and finally walk around Parc du Domaine de Madame Elisabeth.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Versailles trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Champagne-Vigny to Versailles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Champagne-Vigny in October, expect nights in Versailles to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Classes Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Atelier Cuisine de Patricia ©
Atelier Cuisine de Patricia

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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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker app .

Paris is very close to Versailles. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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