14 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

14 days in Italy, France & Lucerne Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Como, Italy
— Few hours
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

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 29th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Milan trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Milan is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Doha in December, with highs in Milan at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence online itinerary builder.

Getting from Milan to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or fly. When traveling from Milan in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

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Venice, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco and then explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Como.

Things to do in Venice

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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Como, Italy

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Como holiday planner.

You can drive from Venice to Como in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Como are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. You will leave for Lucerne on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi and then examine the collection at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Como to Lucerne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Como, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lucerne, ranging from highs of 4°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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Chamonix, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Chamonix takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

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Paris, France

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.
Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower will thrill your kids. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and have some family-friendly fun at Wildness.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Drive from Chamonix to Paris in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

Italy travel guide

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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.

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

France travel guide

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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.