55 days in France, Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Bourges, France
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Lyon, France
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Bern, Switzerland
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Turin, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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Paris, France — 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris attractions planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in November, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 12°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bourges.
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Bourges, France — 9 nights

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Venture out of the city with trips to ZooParc de Beauval (in Saint-Aignan), Cheverny (Golf du Chateau de Cheverny & Chateau de Cheverny) and Domaine des Huards (in Cour-Cheverny). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Rue Bourbonnoux, see the interesting displays at MuPop, do a tasting at Chateau de Thauvenay - La Chapelle, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Valencay.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bourges attractions tool.

Drive from Paris to Bourges in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Bourges, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 8 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Venture out of the city with trips to Beaune (Galeries Bartoux Beaune, Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, &more), Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Ceinture Tucker (in Sevrier). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, explore the world behind art at Musee de Grenoble, and don't miss a visit to La Renaissance Du Vieux Lyon.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon route builder website.

Drive from Bourges to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 9 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (Place de la Palud, Le Port d'Ouchy, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Geneva online trip builder.

Drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 9 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Engelberg (Titlis & Tal Museum Engelberg), Lucerne (Rigi, Lion Monument, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's still lots to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to Bundesplatz, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and get great views at The Cathedral of Bern.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bern journey planning website.

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Geneva in December since evenings lows in Bern dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turin.
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Turin, Italy — 8 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Get out of town with these interesting Turin side-trips: Aosta (Numismatica Carra, Teatro Romano, &more), QC Terme Pre Saint Didier (in Pre-Saint-Didier) and Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Egizio, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Sabauda.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turin road trip app.

You can drive from Bern to Turin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Turin when traveling from Bern in December, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, then shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then stop by Savinelli Shop, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

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You can take a train from Turin to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Milan, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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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