20 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

20 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe tour planner

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Engelberg, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Elena Kihlman Designer Concept Store, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome attractions planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Rome is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In December, Rome is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
For shopping fun, head to Mercato Centrale or I'Mago. Get a sense of the local culture at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Basilica of Santa Croce. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Take Me Out in Tuscany in Siena, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, look for gifts at L' Arte de' Ciompi Firenze, get a taste of the local shopping with Florence Shop 4 It, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Florence day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Tours · Shopping · Museums · Transportation

Side Trip

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take a stroll around Vernazza.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre journey maker.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), deepen your understanding of the past and present with Venice Free Walking Tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Cinque Terre in January, things will get slightly colder in Venice: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum and then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

Fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Venice in January: highs in Zurich hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Engelberg, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, then examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, and then stroll through Titlis.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Engelberg itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Zurich to Engelberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Engelberg

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg and then hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and then shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In January in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Montmartre, then wander the streets of Le Marais, and then explore the activities along Seine River.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Interlaken to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Interlaken in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.