61 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

61 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 8 nights
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Chartres, France
— 6 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 8 nights
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Vatican City, Italy
— 7 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Appenzell (Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, Flauderei, &more), Urnaesch (Santis der Berg & Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch) and Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR (in Stein). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip app.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Zurich is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in November; daily highs in Zurich reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 5 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
When in Lucerne, make a side trip to see Titlis in Engelberg, approximately Engelberg away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and take in the awesome beauty at Rigi.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Lucerne are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Grindelwald-First, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then explore the activities along Lake Brienz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then stroll through The Eiger.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 6 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding), St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Creux du Van, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, steep yourself in history at Spitalgasse, and contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for sightseeing, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, take in the views from Furi Suspension Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gorner Gorge.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Zermatt attractions planner.

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Geneva is known for sightseeing, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Geneva, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 8 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles, Grand Canal, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris online trip builder.

Getting from Geneva to Paris by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chartres.
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Chartres, France — 6 nights

Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chartres: Aux Caprices de Cellettes (in Cellettes), Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Vendome). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Hippodrome de Rambouillet, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alencon, grab your bike and head to Voie verte du pays de Limours, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chartres road trip app.

You can drive from Paris to Chartres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Chartres are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Valdobbiadene (PDC Cartizze & Cantina San Gregorio), Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more) and Padua (Quartiere dell'Antico Ghetto Ebraico di Padova, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, and examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Chartres to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Vatican City.
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Vatican City, Italy — 7 nights

City of Seven Hills

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vatican City: Rovine Canale Monterano (in Canale Monterano), Galeria Antica (in Cesano) and Statua del Bonificatore (in Latina). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, relax in the rural setting at L'alberuglio, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Sciascia Shiatsu.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vatican City online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vatican City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vatican City, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 8 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Venture out of the city with trips to Museo del Mutuo Soccorso (in Formello) and Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rome attractions planner.

Rome is just a short distance from Vatican City. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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