15 days in France, Zermatt & Florence Itinerary

15 days in France, Zermatt & Florence Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights

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Paris, France — 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Montmartre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Colmar (Old Town & Little Venice), Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg visit planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in December, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 5 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Eglise du Cloitre (in Aigle) and Rochers-de-Naye (in Montreux). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pfarrkirche Ernen.

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Zermatt takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of tram, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Duomo di Siena, &more) and Pisa (Piazza dei Miracoli & Leaning Tower of Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip website.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Florence takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F.
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France travel guide

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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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