Need your kind help in the best possible itinerary of Europe starting and ending at Paris.
I have about 15 days and have in mind Paris, Switzerland and Venice.
Also its a family travel involving 2 young kids so we can't be very ambitious.
Appreciate your help with the places, attractions and transport options.
As mentioned by Crystal, train is a great option. You can of course also travel by air to save some time (depending on what's easiest with your two children).
I would start out with 5-6 days in Paris, since it is a huge city. Then spend 2 nights in Venice before going to Switzerland, stay there for 5-6 nights before returning to Paris.
When arriving by plane in Venice Marco Polo Airport, you can take a taxi boat to your hotel and get that experience instead of later wanting to travel in a gondola. (Gondolas are hugely overpriced! Also, taxi boats give you a great view when approaching the city). Venice is really small and you can easily do the major sightseeing in just one day. Eat some ice cream, stroll along the canals, and visit Saint Mark's Basilica. I really recommend staying at Hotel Moresco. On the more expensive side of things yes, but in a quiet area and in a wonderful building. And of course within walking distance of everything.
When it comes to Switzerland, it all depends on your interests. Personally, I would make sure to visit the small village of Zermatt to get to see a cute alpine village below the Matterhorn mountain. Then your best option is to travel to Geneva, stay there for a couple of nights and explore the city. Then rent a car (a 3 hour drive) or take the train to Zermatt. Stay there a couple of nights before returning to Geneva and then back to Paris.
And if you wanna squeeze in one more stop in this part of Europe and if you are traveling during the period of May to October, I would recommend to also stay two nights in Nice before returning to Paris. This is an amazing and charming coastal city on the French Riviera. If you that the stone beaches might be a bit tricky for your small children: try out the beach in the area called Villefranche-sur-Mer. But I've seen lots of kids on the beaches in central Nice over the years so it shouldn't be any problem. What to do in Nice? Well, apart from the marvelous blue water, there is a magical old carousel outdoors at Jardin Albert I OR you can dine indoors in a carousel at La Rotonde. And of course there is the the old town (Vieux Nice), parks, Place Masséna, musical events, and lots of yummy things to eat.
Have a great trip!
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Seeing all those things in 15 days is definitely doable. Since you will be traveling with children I recommend not traveling too many hours in a single day, as well as not traveling between cities every day of your trip. A more relaxed pace will keep the family happy!
I also recommend travelling from Paris south, and then taking a flight back to Paris if that is where you want to end your trip. Flying back to Paris from Italy will avoid some unnecessary backtracking and in most cases will be cheaper than taking the train back. An example itinerary could look like this:
There are a million variations on how to do this! If it still seems too fast paced, cut out Lucerne and either Florence or Rome and spend more time in the remaining cities. The "best" itinerary really depends on the preferences and personality of your family!
If you would like more help with planning, consider an inexpensive travel planning service to tailor the trip to you such as this one:
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