27 days in France, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

27 days in France, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

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27 days in France, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Colmar, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Portofino, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Sydney, Australia


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2
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and then brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc des Felins, and finally examine the collection at Musee Jacquemart-Andre.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Sydney to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Colmar.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parc des Felins, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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The Army Museum ©
The Army Museum
Parc des Felins ©
Parc des Felins
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

3
nights
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Chateau Saint Leon and La Grand-Rue will appeal to history buffs. Head to Cristal Lehrer Bruno and Feerie de Noelfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colmar: La Station Du Lac-Blanc (in Orbey) and Observatoire de Merelle (in Gerardmer). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville de Turckheim and get engrossed in the history at The Village of Hansi and his Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colmar trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Colmar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Colmar

Nature Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Vieille Ville de Turckheim, La Station Du Lac-Blanc, Cristal Lehrer Bruno, Feerie de Noel, Observatoire de Merelle
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La Station Du Lac-Blanc ©
La Station Du Lac-Blanc
Vieille Ville de Turckheim ©
Vieille Ville de Turckheim
Observatoire de Merelle ©
Observatoire de Merelle

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Swiss Museum of Transport has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Brienz and then see the interesting displays at Swiss Museum of Transport.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planner .

Getting from Colmar to Lucerne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Colmar in December, things will get slightly colder in Lucerne: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Brienz
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Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as San Quirico d'Orcia and Eremo Le Celle. Get some historical perspective at Abbazia di Sant'Antimo and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo (in Bagni di San Filippo), Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore (in Asciano) and Lake Trasimeno (in Perugia). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and stop by Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lucerne to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in December, expect Florence to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portofino.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Lake Trasimeno, Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Eremo Le Celle, San Quirico d'Orcia
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San Quirico d'Orcia ©
San Quirico d'Orcia
Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore ©
Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Corridoio Vasariano ©
Corridoio Vasariano

2
nights
Portofino, Italy

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Portofino holiday builder app .

You can drive from Florence to Portofino in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Portofino. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nice.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Chiavari, Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese, Chiesa di San Lorenzo della Costa, Madonnina della Punta
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Madonnina della Punta ©
Madonnina della Punta
Chiesa di San Lorenzo della Costa ©
Chiesa di San Lorenzo della Costa
DiVino Emporio ©
DiVino Emporio

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.
You've now added Musee Renoir to your itinerary. On the 4th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Musee Renoir and then stop by Deli'. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Marche Forville, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cap 3000, and finally explore the world behind art at Massena Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice online trip builder .

Getting from Portofino to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, Deli', Cemetery of the Old Chateau, Promenade Le Corbusier, Villa Kerylos
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Monastère de Cimiez ©
Monastère de Cimiez
Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier
Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins ©
Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Visit Chateau de Cazeneuve and Vignobles Carles for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Bazas Cathedral and Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Chateau de Cadillac (in Cadillac), La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes (in Sauternes) and Max' Golf (in Gujan-Mestras). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux road trip planning site .

You can fly from Nice to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nice in January, with highs in Bordeaux at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure, Chateau ducal de Cadillac, Chateau de Cazeneuve, La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes, Vignobles Carles
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Chateau de Cazeneuve ©
Chateau de Cazeneuve
Bazas Cathedrale ©
Bazas Cathedrale
Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure ©
Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris
Let the collections at Chateau de Fontainebleau and L’Atelier de Leo capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chartres Cathedral and La Vallee Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy), Val d'Europe Shopping Center (in Marne-la-Vallee) and L'Atelier des Chimeres (in Orleans). Enjoy Paris some more: have some family-friendly fun at The Labymaïs of Brie, enjoy breathtaking views from Montparnasse Tower, and look for gifts at Cave a Bulles.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Marne-la-Vallee, L'Atelier des Chimeres, Chartres Cathedral, The Labymaïs of Brie, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Val d'Europe ©
Val d'Europe
La Vallee Village ©
La Vallee Village

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