8 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

8 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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8 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Strasbourg, France
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
3
Colmar, France
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
4
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
7
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Paris, France

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims (in Reims), Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris online journey planner.

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Shopping

1
day
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
On the 24th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then wander the streets of La Petite France, and finally don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Barrage Vauban ©
Barrage Vauban

1
night
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
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 24th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colmar trip planner.

Colmar is just a short distance from Strasbourg. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums
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Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Old Town ©
Old Town
Statue of Liberty ©
Statue of Liberty

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Bern road trip planning website.

You can drive from Colmar to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.
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Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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day
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, stop by Buchhandlung Boedeli, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Wydi, then get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken road trip planning website.

Drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bern in August, expect nights in Interlaken to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Fun & Games Parks Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern
To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bern vacation planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel to Milan.

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors Parks Museums

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
On the 27th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Villa Carlotta, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Bern to Milan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bern in August, with highs in Milan at 34°C and lows at 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tremezzina
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello

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