15 days in France, Bern & Venice Itinerary

15 days in France, Bern & Venice Itinerary

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Marne-la-Vallee, France
— 5 nights
Verdun, France
— 2 nights
Nancy, France
— 1 night
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Cannes, France
— 1 night


Marne-la-Vallee, France — 5 nights

As a "new town" best known for its Euro Disney Park and resorts, Marne-la-Vallée is a modern family resort town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marne-la-Vallee: Parc Asterix (in Plailly), Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). Have a day of magic on the 9th (Tue) at Disneyland Paris. Have a day of magic on the 10th (Wed) at Walt Disney Studios Park. The adventure continues: stop by Disney Village, don't miss a visit to Clos du Chene Street-Art, and buy something for everyone on your list at Val d'Europe.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marne-la-Vallee trip itinerary maker tool.

Barcelona, Spain to Marne-la-Vallee is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in August, with highs in Marne-la-Vallee at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Verdun.
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Verdun, France — 2 nights

The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
Verdun is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness the site of a historic battle at La Tranchee de Chattancourt, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Verdun, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave, and steep yourself in history at Fort Douaumont.

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Traveling by car from Marne-la-Vallee to Verdun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Verdun can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nancy.
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Nancy, France — 1 night

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at "Au Duche de Lorraine" Confiserie Lefevre - Lemoine.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nancy driving holiday planner.

Drive from Verdun to Nancy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Verdun in August: highs in Nancy hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nancy to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 1 night

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary app.

Drive from Strasbourg to Bern in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Venice day trip planning website.

Fly from Bern to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bern in August, with highs in Venice at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 1 night

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 22nd (Mon), head off the coast to Île Sainte-Marguerite and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cannes trip planning tool.

Fly from Venice to Cannes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Cannes are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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.