16 days in France, Italy & Bern Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planning app.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr), Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim) and Colmar (Old Town & Little Venice). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg road trip planning site.

Take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the activities along Aare River, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then admire the local landmark of Schutzenbrunnen, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bern attractions planner.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Bern in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Bern when traveling from Strasbourg in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly 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 27th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Bern to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bern in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 1°C in Milan. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Milan to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Milan, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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 · 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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