12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Civitavecchia, Italy
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Civitavecchia, Italy
— Few hours
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  6 h 15 min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

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Civitavecchia, Italy

Civitavecchia
Civitavecchia is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Rome in the central Italian region of Lazio. For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Civitavecchia trip itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport and Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Civitavecchia are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You'll set off for Florence on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Civitavecchia

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Monumento a Dante Alighieri. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and then steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Civitavecchia to Florence in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Florence sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Parks
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Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chapel Bridge as well as Spreuer Bridge. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the views from Spreuer Bridge and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne online visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Florence to Lucerne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in September, with highs in Lucerne at 67°F and lows at 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Interlaken.
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Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Spreuer Bridge ©
Spreuer Bridge

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken
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.
To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken driving holiday planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 3rd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten) and then take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern journey planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bern are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Bern

Parks
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bern to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bern in October since evenings lows in Paris dip to 48°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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