15 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

15 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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15 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Tehran, Iran
Subway + Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Milan, Italy
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Subway:  18 h
End: Tehran, Iran

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary maker.

Tehran, Iran to Zurich is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tehran in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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hours
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche and then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lucerne are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

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Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

5
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.
Let the collections at Musée d'Orsay and Louvre Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Marais and Palace of Versailles. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Rodin Museum, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Lucerne to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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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 17th (Sat), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Milan vacation builder.

Getting from Paris to Milan by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Loggia dei Lanzi. Galleria dell'Accademia and Uffizi Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and examine the collection at Museo di San Marco.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Florence trip generator.

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milan in December: highs in Florence hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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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.
Doges' Palace and St Mark's Campanile are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit St. Mark's Square and Peggy Guggenheim Collection for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Venice travel planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Florence in December, you will find days in Venice are little chillier (9°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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