17 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

17 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 1 day
Fly
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 1 day

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then stop by LiA Saigon, and then make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City tour itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major aiport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Paris by flight takes about 15.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in October: high temperatures in Paris hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with a short trip to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, ponder the design of Europuddle, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Engelberg (Titlis Cliff Walk & Titlis). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, admire the local landmark of Fontaine du Banneret, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip site.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Interlaken.
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Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Brienz, pause for some serene contemplation at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, tour the pleasant surroundings at Harderkulm, then stop by Buchhandlung Boedeli, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally ponder the design of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken day trip planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping · Adventure
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Pearl of the Far East

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City driving holiday site.

You can fly from Interlaken to Ho Chi Minh City in 17 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Interlaken in October; daily highs in Ho Chi Minh City reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
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