23 days in France, Milan & Lucerne Itinerary

23 days in France, Milan & Lucerne Itinerary

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23 days in France, Milan & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  7​h 30​min
2
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
4
Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Bordeaux, France
— Few hours
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand


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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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip site .

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
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.
Step out of Milan to go to Turin and see Museo Egizio, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milan tour itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Paris to Milan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Milan sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Museo Egizio
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Museo Egizio ©
Museo Egizio

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hours
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip maker app .

You can drive from Milan to Lucerne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in December, things will get a bit cooler in Lucerne: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim), Œuvre de la cathédrale (in Metz) and Place Stanislas (in Nancy). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, walk around Parc de l'Orangerie, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, and take a stroll through La Petite France.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Strasbourg visit planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Colmar, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, Place Stanislas, Œuvre de la cathédrale
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Enjoy Paris some more: take a stroll through Le Marais, snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

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Getting from Strasbourg to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Versailles
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

few
hours
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux online road trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. You will leave for Paris on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rue du Gros-Horloge, & more) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims (in Reims). Enjoy Paris some more: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Rouen, Chateau de Chambord, Walt Disney Studios Park, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, Fondation Claude Monet
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery ©
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

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