23 days in Italy, Lucerne & Paris Itinerary

23 days in Italy, Lucerne & Paris Itinerary

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23 days in Italy, Lucerne & Paris Itinerary

Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  30​h
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
Pompeii, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  29​h
Adelaide, Australia

3
days
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt Pilatus and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get in touch with nature at Mount Titlis and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke).

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Adelaide, Australia to Lucerne is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Titlis, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mount Titlis ©
Mount Titlis

4
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and River Seine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dôme Sacre Coeur.

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Getting from Lucerne to Paris by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musée d'Orsay ©
Musée d'Orsay

4
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Cannaregio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Doges' Palace and Scrovegni Chapel. When in Venice, make a side trip to see Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Museo di Storia Naturale, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Venice vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Venice, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Piazza dei Signori, Scrovegni Chapel
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Porta della Carta ©
Porta della Carta
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

2
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Castello di Montozzi and then relax in the rural setting at Castello di Verrazzano.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. May in Florence sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Pompeii.

Things to do in Florence

Outdoors Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Castello di Verrazzano, Castello di Montozzi, Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm
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Castello di Verrazzano ©
Castello di Verrazzano
Uffizi Gallery ©
Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
days
Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
On the 31st (Thu), kick back and relax at Fornillo, explore the historical opulence of Villa Rufolo, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally steep yourself in history at Villa dei Misteri. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), make a trip to Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, and then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Herculaneum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pompeii vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Florence to Pompeii takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Pompeii are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Fornillo, Ruins of Herculaneum
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Villa Rufolo
Villa Rufolo
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei ©
Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei

4
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Explore hidden gems such as Sabbianera Super Beach and Ostia Antica. Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Louis of the French, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

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Getting from Pompeii to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Ostia Antica, Sabbianera Super Beach, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums ©
Vatican Museums
Basilica di San Pietro ©
Basilica di San Pietro

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