12 days in France, Cologne & Rome Itinerary

12 days in France, Cologne & Rome Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Colmar, France
— 3 nights
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Train to Saint-Louis, Shuttle to Basel, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights

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Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Max Ernst Museum des LVR, explore the historical opulence of Jagdschloss Falkenlust, then examine the collection at Arithmeum, then see the interesting displays at August-Macke-Haus, and finally see the interesting displays at AdenauerHaus. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Andreas Kirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria Himmelfahrt, steep yourself in history at Domschatzkammer, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Antoniterkirche, then see the interesting displays at Kathe Kollwitz Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Bayenturm.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cologne route maker tool.

If you are flying in from Puerto Rico, the closest major aiports are Düsseldorf Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport, Dortmund Airport and Weeze Airport. November in Cologne sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Strasbourg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Musee Chateau des Rohan, explore the historical opulence of Le Domaine De La Leonardsau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre-Dame du Bischenberg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Vins d'Alsace Mosbach, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Israelite, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Guirbaden, then steep yourself in history at Chateau du Wangenbourg, then see the interesting displays at Point d'Orgue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Klosterkirche Marmoutier.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg online vacation planner.

Drive from Cologne to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Colmar, France

— 3 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee du Papier Peint and Association du Lançoir. Get some historical perspective at Ortenbourg Castle and Musee Memorial du Vieil Armand. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colmar: Cimetiere Militaire du Wettstein (in Orbey), Domaine Jean-Paul Schmitt (in Scherwiller) and Eglise Sainte-Foy (in Selestat). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Porte Haute, see the interesting displays at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin, do a tasting at Vins d'Alsace Antoine Ehrhart, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre-Dame de Dusenbach.

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Drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Stanze di Raffaello and Villa Farnesina. Get some historical perspective at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo and Vatican Necropolis. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna, make a trip to Ancient Rome, explore the ancient world of Domus Aurea, and take an in-depth tour of Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali.

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Getting from Colmar to Rome by combination of train, shuttle, and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in November, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.