16 days in Switzerland, France & La Spezia Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, France & La Spezia Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Basel, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Spezia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Langenthal, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Etretat, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France — 1 night

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 4th (Mon): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then take a stroll through Montmartre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris itinerary planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in July, with highs in Paris at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take a stroll through La Petite France, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and then learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Strasbourg trip website.

Take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the streets of Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Route des Vins d'Alsace.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colmar trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Basel.
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Basel, Switzerland — 2 nights

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Rheinufer Basel, then head outdoors with Naturbad Riehen, and then take some stellar pictures from Pfalz.

To find out how to plan a trip to Basel, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Colmar to Basel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Basel, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Spezia.
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La Spezia, Italy — 1 night

La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. On the 8th (Fri), cruise along Ponte Thaon di Revel and then see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Spezia travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to La Spezia takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Basel in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in La Spezia. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip maker website.

You can drive from La Spezia to Zurich in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from La Spezia in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Langenthal.
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Langenthal, Switzerland — 1 night

Langenthal is a town and a municipality in the district of Oberaargau in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll around Tierpark Langenthal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurdwara Sahib Switzerland, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Schorenweiher.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Langenthal planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Langenthal takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Interlaken.
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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 12th (Tue): trek along The Eiger, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and then explore the activities along Lake Brienz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the activities along Aare River, and then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Interlaken trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Langenthal to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris attractions app.

Fly from Lucerne to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Etretat.
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Etretat, France — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 17th (Sun), head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and then make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Etretat in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Etretat are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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