10 days in France, Italy & Bern Itinerary

10 days in France, Italy & Bern Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 1 night
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Turin, Italy
— 1 night
Imperia, Italy
— 5 nights
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Peer


Paris, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris trip builder tool.

Peer, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then find something for the whole family at KOEZIO Lyon, then admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lyon travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turin.
Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Side Trip
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Turin, Italy — 1 night

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile del Duomo di Torino, see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Turin online route planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Turin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in July, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Imperia.
Museums · Fun & Games
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Imperia, Italy — 5 nights

Imperia is a coastal city and comune in the region of Liguria, Italy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Imperia: Grotte di Toirano (in Toirano), Bagni Ondina (in Finale Ligure) and Budello di Alassio (in Alassio). The adventure continues: get outside with Il Fortino, see the interesting displays at Museo dell'Olivo, take in the waterfront activity at Porto Maurizio, and delve into the distant past at Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia).

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Imperia road trip planning site.

Getting from Turin to Imperia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Imperia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bern.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
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Bern, Switzerland — 1 night

City of Bears

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 5th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally steep yourself in history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bern route app.

Traveling by car from Imperia to Bern takes 6 hours. Traveling from Imperia in August, expect Bern to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Shopping
Side Trips
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.