14 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

14 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip builder app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Geneva Cointrin International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours
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Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Grindelwald Museum, Oeschinen Lake, Titlis Cliff Walk, and other attractions. On the 12th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, then gain insight with Sherlock Holmes Museum, and finally take in the views from Titlis Cliff Walk.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald day trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Palais des Nations, Genève, CERN, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and finally engage your brain at CERN.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Geneva road trip site.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Geneva in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

Chamonix, France

— 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aiguille du Midi as well as Lac Blanc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lac Blanc, get great views at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then stroll through Brevent Cable Car, and finally stop by Ferme de l'Aberieux.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Chamonix takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Théâtre gallo-romain, La Place Bellecour, Vieux Lyon, and other attractions. On the 16th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, hit the slopes at Orcieres Merlette Ski, steep yourself in history at Batteria dello Chaberton, then get a taste of the local shopping with La Place Bellecour, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon road trip app.

Getting from Chamonix to Lyon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Lyon are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:

Marseille, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau d'If. On the 17th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, make a trip to Parc National des Calanques, then look for gifts at O Delices de Brice, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille driving holiday tool.

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

Paris, France

— 2 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.
You've added Le Mont-Valerien French Memorial to Resistance Martyrs, Montmartre, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and finally admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip site.

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March, Paris is slightly colder than Marseille - with highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Pisa.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

Pisa, Italy

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Tower of Pisa, steep yourself in history at Battistero di San Giovanni, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, and finally make a trip to Knights’ Square.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pisa trip builder tool.

You can fly from Paris to Pisa in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Pisa, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Genoa, Italy

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
You've added Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, Aquarium of Genoa, Le Bighe del Bigo - Genova Segway Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, cruise the town with Le Bighe del Bigo - Genova Segway Tours, then examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally take an in-depth tour of Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Genoa road trip website.

Getting from Pisa to Genoa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.