20 days in France, Zurich & Florence Itinerary

20 days in France, Zurich & Florence Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly to Lyon, Shuttle to Courchevel
Courchevel, France
— 5 nights
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day


Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take a stroll through Old Town. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Paris.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
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Paris, France — 5 nights

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, approximately Marne-la-Vallee away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Courchevel.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Courchevel, France — 5 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Courchevel: La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise), Macot-la-Plagne (Oxygene Ski School La Plagne & Reflex Ski School) and Val Thorens (Ski Cool & Prosneige).

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Courchevel online travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Courchevel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Courchevel reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. You will leave for Florence on the 22nd (Sun).
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes
Side Trips
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

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Traveling by car from Courchevel to Florence takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Courchevel in January, expect Florence to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 day

On the 26th (Thu), make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then visit Old Town.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Florence to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, Zurich is little chillier than Florence - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature
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France travel guide

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.