17 days in France, Bern & Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

17 days in France, Bern & Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Lyon, France
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Chamonix, France
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Bern, Switzerland
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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Paris, France
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Paris, France

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.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planner.

Boise, USA to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Boise in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 53°F at night. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
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Lyon, France

— 2 nights

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.
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Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Lyon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · Outdoors
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Chamonix, France

— 4 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aiguille du Midi as well as Parc de Merlet. Venture out of the city with trips to Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge (in Randa), Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and The Matterhorn (in Zermatt).

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip site.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Chamonix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Bern.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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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.
To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Bern by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 3 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jungfraujoch as well as Trümmelbachfälle.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen online trip planner.

You can drive from Bern to Lauterbrunnen in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for Paris.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

Le Clos Montmartre has been added to your itinerary. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. Explore Paris further: get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Paris takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wineries

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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.

Canton of Bern travel guide

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Mountains · Parasailing & Paragliding · Waterfalls
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.