15 days in Switzerland, Italian Riviera & France Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland, Italian Riviera & France Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland, Italian Riviera & France Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  18​h 30​min
End: Mumbai, India

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get outdoors at Lake Zurich and Seebad Katzensee. Get some cultural insight at Old Town (Altstadt) and Bahnhofstrasse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), & more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprüngli AG, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and make a trip to Grossmunster.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Zurich is an approximately 12-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in May, expect Zurich to be colder, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 17th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Monumento a San Francesco d'Assisi, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Levanto beach, then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cinque Terre travel planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Cinque Terre in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, Cinque Terre is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Levanto Beach
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of St Paul de Vence and then wander the streets of La Croisette.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nice itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

La Croisette, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage

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.
Visiting River Seine and Paris Plage will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Marais and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Nice to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in May, Paris is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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