23 days in France, Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Reims, France
— 2 nights
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, take a stroll through Montmartre, and stroll through Canal Saint-Martin.

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Hanoi, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hanoi to Paris due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Reims.
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Reims, France — 2 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): do a tasting at Nomad Wine and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Champagne Gioria Latizeau, then do a tasting at Champagne Sourdet-Diot, and then see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Reims trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Reims takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dijon travel website.

Getting from Reims to Dijon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner.

Getting from Dijon to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Lyon sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Geneva are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then stop by Ambra Minerals.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow 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.
On the 21st (Sat), take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Lucerne trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Bern to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car 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 22nd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then shop like a local with Mostra Keith Haring. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, look for gifts at The Merchant of Venice - Milan Boutique, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, then test your problem-solving skills at La Casa Maledetta, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Lucerne to Milan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, Milan is somewhat warmer than Lucerne - with highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Visit Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Toni Doro - Il Prosecco in Vittorio Veneto (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, view the masterpieces at Le Stanze Del Vetro, and examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Venice online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Venice are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pisa.
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Pisa, Italy — 1 night

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Piero a Grado, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, then see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally make a trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pisa travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Venice to Pisa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Pisa, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Vatican Museums and Trevimage will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome online trip builder.

Fly from Pisa to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Rome, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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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