17 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Colmar, France
— 1 day
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Train to Saint-Louis, Shuttle to Basel, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive
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Langenthal, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Train to Basel SBB, Bus to Mulhouse, Fly to Paris
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Etretat, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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 3rd (Sun), make a trip to Pont Alexandre III, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. 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 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Colmar.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Colmar, France — 1 day

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 5th (Tue): make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, wander the streets of Little Venice, and then don't miss a visit to Old Town.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Colmar day trip website.

You can fly from Paris to Colmar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Colmar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

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 6th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then contemplate the long history of Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome holiday planning site.

You can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight from Colmar to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 37°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Venice.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

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 8th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 day

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip maker tool.

Fly from Venice to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Venice in July: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Langenthal.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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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): head outdoors with Funks Ballonfahrten Firma erloschen!, look for all kinds of wild species at Schorenweiher, and then stroll around Tierpark Langenthal.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Langenthal route planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Langenthal by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Langenthal are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Interlaken.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 night

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): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Plan my day in Interlaken using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Langenthal to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. July in Interlaken sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Bern.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors
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Bern, Switzerland — 1 night

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paris.
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Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Paris, France — 1 night

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris attractions site.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Bern to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Etretat.
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Nightlife · Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours
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Etretat, France — 3 nights

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Fleuve La Veules (in Veules-les-Roses), Abbaye de Jumieges (in Jumieges) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Dieppe). There's much more to do: get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, stroll around Jardins d'Etretat, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Etretat trip itinerary builder website.

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. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Etretat, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Palace of Versailles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip app.

Getting from Etretat to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Etretat in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly 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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Italy travel guide

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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.
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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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