13 days in France, Italy & Interlaken Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Colmar, France
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Milan, Italy
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights


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 off the beaten path and head to Petit Palais and Île de la Cité. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Nissim de Camondo. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris driving holiday website.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Paris is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect Paris to be colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-Ville de Strasbourg, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Protestante Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux, then stop by La Petite France, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul, and finally contemplate the long history of Le Puits a Six Seaux.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg online trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. You will leave for Colmar on the 13th (Tue).
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Colmar, France

Little Venice

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 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, admire the local landmark of Saint-Leon Fountain, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Leon IX.

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 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 13th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Unspunnen Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, fly down the slopes at Adelboden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tschentenalp, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colmar in December: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Milan.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Milan, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Interlaken in December, with highs in Milan at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Dorsoduro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Castello del Catajo (in Battaglia Terme), Ferrara (Via delle Volte, Castello Estense, &more) and Piazza dei Signori (in Padua). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, wander the streets of Cannaregio, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Venice are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

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.