36 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

36 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

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36 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  15​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Saint-Raphael, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Mt Pilatus, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich vacation site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Zurich. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 11th (Wed), stroll through The Eiger Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, enjoy some diversion at Indoor Rope Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, & more), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

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Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Grindelwald to Paris in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Saint-Raphael, France

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael is known for wildlife, historic sites, adventure, casinos, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and get outside with Cap du Dramont.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael online day trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Saint-Raphael by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frejus, Les Gorges du Verdon, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael ©

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Casino Barriere Le Croisette). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Saint-Raphael in December since evenings lows in Nice dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, VinAzur - Vins de provence
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SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan online route planner .

Drive from Nice to Milan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in December: high temperatures in Milan hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Arena di Verona (in Verona) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice online vacation maker .

You can take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arena di Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at L’importuno di Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Florence day trip site .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: highs in Florence hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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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: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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