21-Day Tour Itinerary of Switzerland, Italy & France

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How to See the Highlights of Switzerland, Italy, & France in 3 Weeks

Our 21-day tour itinerary has been meticulously crafted to showcase the highlights of Switzerland, Italy, and France. It offers an unparalleled journey through the heart of Europe with your private guide in just 21 days.

From the cosmopolitan streets of Zurich to the historic wonders of Rome and the romantic allure of Paris, this expansive tour encapsulates the cultural richness, scenic beauty, and historic grandeur of three iconic countries, providing a deeply immersive experience that combines luxury, adventure, and cultural exploration over three unforgettable weeks.

Destinations on Our 3-Week Switzerland, Italy, & France Tour

Day 1: Zurich

Day 2: Lucerne

Day 3: Interlaken and Grindelwald

Day 4: Jungfraujoch

Day 5 – 6: Bern and Zermatt

Day 7: Geneva and Lausanne

Day 8 – 9: Rome

Day 10: Caserta and Sorrento

Day 11: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius

Day 12: Amalfi Coast

Day 13: Capri

Day 14: Naples

Day 15 – 16: Paris

Day 17 – 19: Strasbourg

Day 20: Colmar

Day 21: Obernai and Molsheim

Day 1: Zurich Highlights

Zurich & Lake Zurich, Switzerland

Your journey kicks off as you land in the vibrant heart of Zurich, a city brimming with cultural treasures. Our professional driver will warmly welcome you at Zurich Airport, ensuring a seamless transfer to your centrally-located accommodations.

Settle into the comfort of your hotel, taking the time to refresh before joining your guide for a walking tour of the city.

Exploring Zurich’s Old Town

Zurich’s old town, steeped in history, showcases the city’s medieval roots through its labyrinth of narrow lanes and historic towers.

As your guide leads you through this ancient quarter, let the charm of its cobblestone paths and age-old buildings envelop you, each turn unveiling a piece of Zurich’s rich tapestry of history.

Continuing your journey, meander along the prestigious Bahnhofstrasse, a haven for luxury shopping and lively urban scenes. Whether you indulge in high-end retail or soak in the bustling atmosphere, this famed avenue promises an engaging stroll.

Tranquil Moments on Lake Zurich

Conclude your day with a serene voyage across Lake Zurich. 

Board a private boat and let the calm waters carry you past the scenic juxtaposition of cityscape and nature, all under the soft glow of the setting sun. This idyllic ride offers a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle, perfect for reflecting on your day’s adventures.

Day 2: Lucerne’s Charm and the Peaks of Mount Pilatus

The Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Prepare for a day filled with natural beauty and historic allure as you journey to Lucerne and the majestic Mount Pilatus with your personal guide.

Lucerne’s Historic Heart: A Guided Stroll

Upon arrival, dive into the heart of Lucerne with a guided tour highlighting its historical landmarks. The famed Chapel Bridge, with its distinctive wooden framework and historic interior paintings, is a testament to Lucerne’s heritage, offering both beauty and a glimpse into the past.

Continue to the Lion Monument, a moving tribute carved in memory of the fallen Swiss Guards. This powerful sculpture not only showcases artistic excellence but also evokes deep historical and emotional ties.

Wander through Lucerne’s old town, a vibrant tapestry of historical architecture, lively plazas, and quaint shops that invites you to explore and soak in the city’s enduring charm.

Majestic Mount Pilatus Summit

The adventure heightens as you ascend Mount Pilatus aboard the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. The climb offers a thrilling experience, with each turn revealing breathtaking alpine scenery.

Atop Pilatus, embrace the panoramic splendor of the Alps, a moment of awe-inspiring beauty and tranquility. Explore scenic trails or unwind in mountaintop eateries surrounded by the majesty of nature.

As dusk approaches descend from Pilatus’s heights and journey back to Lucerne, the comfort of your luxury vehicle ensuring a restful end to an exhilarating day.

Day 3: Journey to Interlaken and Grindelwald Exploration

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Embrace the unparalleled beauty of the Bernese Oberland on day three as you venture into the heart of Switzerland’s majestic landscapes.

Setting off from Zurich, your route to Interlaken unfolds through a canvas of lush greenery, glistening waters, and towering peaks, promising a visual feast during the two-hour drive. Interlaken, cradled between Lakes Thun and Brienz and overshadowed by the iconic trio of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, welcomes you to a world where nature reigns supreme.

Exploring Interlaken’s Charms

Your exploration of Interlaken begins with a guided stroll through the town’s vibrant streets and lush parks. 

Discover the panoramic Hohenweg, where views of the alpine giants—the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau—await. Meander through the old town’s alleyways, uncovering Swiss architectural gems and cozy spots for a warm beverage or a bite.

Grindelwald: A Village Amidst the Glaciers

The afternoon brings a scenic drive to Grindelwald, a village cradled in the Alps’ embrace. 

Known as the “Glacier Village,” Grindelwald offers postcard-worthy scenes at every turn, from its quaint chalets to the imposing Eiger North Face.

Opt for a stroll or an adventurous hike through Grindelwald’s captivating landscape, with trails tailored to your preference for a serene walk or a challenging trek.

Returning to Interlaken, the evening offers a peaceful respite, with the serene lakes and the gentle buzz of nightfall serving as a perfect backdrop to unwind.

Day 4: Ascending to Jungfraujoch: The Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch, Sphinx Observatory, Switzerland

Join your guide on the fourth day to Jungfraujoch, standing majestically as the “Top of Europe.”

The ascent to Jungfraujoch begins with a spectacular cogwheel train ride, piercing through the Eiger and Mönch mountains and unfolding landscapes of unparalleled beauty.

Atop Jungfraujoch, a frozen wonderland, unveils itself at 3,454 meters above sea level. The vista of the sprawling Aletsch Glacier and the surrounding alpine panorama from the Sphinx Observatory is nothing short of magical.

Delve into the icy realms of the Ice Palace, with its intricate sculptures and tunnels, and step onto the observation decks to embrace the breathtaking Alpine expanse.

Descending through Lauterbrunnen

Your return journey includes a passage through the enchanting Lauterbrunnen Valley, renowned for its steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls. The serene beauty of Staubbach Falls and the idyllic village setting provide a gentle conclusion to the day’s alpine adventures.

As dusk falls, find solace back in Interlaken, reflecting on a day filled with awe-inspiring natural wonders and the indomitable spirit of the Alps.

Day 5: Departing Interlaken for Bern and Zermatt

Bern City, Switzerland

Your private driver will collect you on the morning of day five as you travel from Interlaken to the storied streets of Bern before reaching the alpine paradise of Zermatt at the Matterhorn’s base.

Bern: Switzerland’s Historic Heart

Just an hour from Interlaken, immerse yourself in the historic allure of Bern’s Old Town. With its medieval ambiance, this UNESCO-listed marvel offers a stroll back in time amidst its well-preserved architecture.

Your morning in Bern is filled with exploration, from the storied Zytglogge with its mechanical figures to the grandeur of the Münster, Bern’s magnificent cathedral. A visit to the Bear Park adds a playful touch to the city’s historical exploration, celebrating Bern’s emblematic animal.

Journey to Zermatt

As noon approaches, set off towards Zermatt. The journey transforms from the scenic roads to the quaint village of Täsch, where you’ll switch to a train for the final leg to Zermatt, preserving its pristine alpine environment by remaining car-free.

Acquaint yourself with the village on a walking tour of Zermatt.


This car-free street is lined with a mix of traditional Swiss chalets and modern boutiques, offering everything from high-end Swiss watches to handcrafted local chocolates. 

Your guide will share insights into Zermatt’s transformation from a humble farming village to a world-renowned mountain resort.

Historical Church and Mountaineers’ Cemetery

A short walk leads to the quaint old church, a silent witness to Zermatt’s evolving history. 

Nearby, the Mountaineers’ Cemetery pays homage to climbers who met their fate on the surrounding peaks. Each gravestone tells a poignant story of adventure and ambition, connecting you to the spirit of those who dared to dream beyond the mountain horizons.

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Day 6: Embracing Zermatt and the Matterhorn’s Grandeur

Gornergrat Train Station, Zermatt, Switzerland

Your sixth day is dedicated to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Zermatt and the iconic Matterhorn, promising a day of alpine adventures and cultural discoveries.

Gornergrat Railway Ascent

Start with a breathtaking ascent on the Gornergrat Railway, climbing to lofty heights where the Matterhorn looms majestically. 

The journey up Gornergrat unveils a stunning tableau of alpine peaks, each more impressive as you ascend.

Atop Gornergrat, the panorama is a symphony of nature’s finest works, with the Matterhorn taking center stage amid a range of towering peaks. This moment, high above the world, offers a blend of exhilaration and serenity, a testament to the Alps’ timeless majesty.

Zermatt’s Cultural Tapestry

Return to Zermatt and venture into the Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis, an underground treasure trove that chronicles the village’s evolution and the legendary mountain that defines it. 

The museum weaves tales of triumph and tragedy, echoing the adventurous spirit that has drawn explorers to the Matterhorn for centuries.

For those inspired by the alpine landscape, Zermatt is a starting point for numerous trails, from leisurely walks to challenging hikes. Whether you’re seeking a gentle stroll or a vigorous trek, Zermatt’s trails promise intimate encounters with the alpine wilderness and breathtaking vistas at every turn.

As dusk falls, retreat to your Zermatt hotel, reflecting on a day immersed in the high Alpine beauty and the rich cultural heritage that make this region unforgettable.

Day 7: Journey to Geneva with a Stop in Lausanne

Geneva, Switzerland

The Swiss section of our tour concludes with an exploration of Geneva, preceded by a sojourn in the picturesque city of Lausanne.

Lausanne’s Lakeside Charm

Departing from Zermatt, a scenic 2.5-hour drive brings you to the slopes of Lausanne, where urban vitality meets the tranquility of Lake Geneva. 

Take a leisurely stroll along the Ouchy promenade, where the calming waters of the lake and the stunning Alpine panorama offer a moment of peace.

Geneva Discovery Tour

Continuing to Geneva, a short drive away, you’re introduced to the city’s blend of historical richness and contemporary flair.

Geneva greets you with the towering Jet d’Eau, a fountain that propels water sky-high, creating a captivating display by Lake Geneva’s shores. 

Dive into the heart of Geneva’s Old Town, a labyrinth of historical allure, where the St. Pierre Cathedral stands as a beacon of architectural diversity. Ascend the cathedral’s tower for sweeping city views, or venture below to uncover Geneva’s ancient foundations.

Your Geneva journey includes a visit to the Museum of Natural History, where a world of biodiversity awaits. From local wildlife to exotic minerals, the museum’s exhibits offer a fascinating close to a day of urban and natural exploration.

Conclude your Swiss escapade with a culinary celebration in Geneva.

Day 8: Rome’s Treasures

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

On day 8, the Italian section of our itinerary dawns with a morning flight from Geneva to Rome, lasting just 1.5 hours.

From Spanish Steps to Ancient Marvels

Your Rome tour gets underway with a captivating journey through Rome’s historic lanes, starting at the iconic Spanish Steps. 

Delve into the artistic ambiance of Via Margutta, famed for its connection to “Roman Holiday.” Refresh yourself with water from a “nasoni,” direct from Rome’s ancient aqueducts.

Savor a moment at Caffe’ Greco, Rome’s oldest café, a favorite haunt of literary greats like Lord Byron and Keats. Discover a hidden aqueduct within a chic shopping arcade, make your wish at the Trevi Fountain, and explore the liberty-style Galleria Sciarra near the bustling Via del Corso.

Marvel at the Temple of Hadrian, then wander to the architectural wonder, the Pantheon. Along the way, encounter masterpieces by Caravaggio and Raphael nestled within the city.

Piazza Navona to the Colosseum’s Grandeur

Continue to the historical Piazza Navona, built on the site of Emperor Domitian’s stadium. 

Sample olive oil and limoncello at Campo dei Fiori, then visit the poignant site of Julius Caesar’s assassination at Largo Argentina, complete with a cat sanctuary amid the ruins.

Explore the historic Jewish Ghetto, home to a vibrant Roman Jewish community since 161 BC. Relish the unique flavor of Jewish-style fried artichokes and pass by the ancient Portico d’Ottavia and the Theatre of Marcellus, now an intriguing blend of history and modern living.

Venture to the Capitoline Hill to explore the world’s first public museum, housing an exquisite collection that spans from ancient sculptures like the Capitoline Wolf to Renaissance masterpieces by Bernini and Caravaggio. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Roman Forum.

Conclude your day with a visit to the majestic Colosseum, stepping back into the era of gladiators and Roman spectacles.

Day 9: A Culinary Journey in Rome

Vatican at night, Rome, Italy

Dive into the heart of Rome’s culinary scene with a visit to the bustling Mercato Trionfale in the Vatican’s lively neighborhood. There, a skilled chef will introduce you to the vibrant world of Italian food markets and share secrets of local produce and traditional Roman dishes.

Armed with fresh ingredients, follow your chef to a quaint kitchen nestled within a historic Roman building, where you’ll don aprons and engage in the art of Italian cooking. From kneading dough for pasta to crafting a classic Roman main course and the irresistible Tiramisu, this immersive cooking class promises to be a highlight for any food enthusiast.

Evening at the Vatican

Prepare for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel as dusk falls.

Your evening begins with a chauffeured drive to the grand bronze doors of the Vatican, opening solely for your arrival. In the quiet halls of the museums, marvel at masterpieces in the Gallery of Maps and Raphael Rooms, appreciating Renaissance art without the crowds.

The pinnacle of this private tour is the serene Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s frescoes, including the iconic ‘Creation of Adam,’ are yours to admire in solitude. Your guide will unveil the stories and secrets of this sacred space, allowing you to absorb Michelangelo’s beauty and genius in peace.

Day 10: Journey to Campania

Royal Palace of Caserta, Campania

Our itinerary heads south to the captivating region of Campania, a land celebrated for Naples’ vibrant energy, the birthplace of authentic Neapolitan pizza, the stunning Amalfi Coast, and the enchanting island of Capri.

Royal Palace of Caserta

Your exploration begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Royal Palace of Caserta, where a private guide awaits to unveil the splendor of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Escape the usual tourist crowds and step into a world of baroque and neoclassical magnificence, the Royal Palace of Caserta. 

Marvel at this 18th-century architectural masterpiece, the world’s most extensive royal residence. It boasts over 1,200 opulent rooms, grand staircases, and a collection of art and frescoes that narrate tales of regal luxury.

Sorrento Sunset

Arrive in the charming town of Sorrento by late afternoon, where the day’s adventures culminate in a quintessentially Italian aperitivo.

As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in warm hues, enjoy a moment of relaxation and savor local delicacies, introducing you to Sorrento’s culinary delights.

Retreat to your selected accommodation, ready to embrace the serenity and beauty of Sorrento.

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Day 11: Pompeii and Herculaneum

Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius, Italy

Prepare for a day immersed in history and natural wonder as you explore the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, capped off with an ascent to the mighty Mount Vesuvius.

Pompeii Unveiled

Your journey through time begins in Pompeii, where the shadows of the past are preserved beneath layers of volcanic ash.

Wander through this ancient city with your guide, exploring the Roman Forum, baths, and timeworn streets, each corner offering a glimpse into the daily lives of its former inhabitants. Stand amidst the haunting casts of those who perished, a poignant reminder of nature’s power.

Herculaneum’s Hidden Wonders

Though lesser-known, Herculaneum offers an intimate look at Roman life, its preservation surpassing even that of Pompeii.

Delve into homes still adorned with furniture, marvel at intricate mosaics, and absorb the stories of a community frozen in time, providing a richer understanding of this historical catastrophe.

The Summit of Vesuvius

The day’s climax is a trek to the summit of Vesuvius, the very volcano that shaped the region’s history.

The ascent reveals breathtaking views across Campania, a silent testament to the earth’s tumultuous beauty and the resilience of those who call it home.

Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 12: Discovering the Amalfi Coast Gems

Positano, Italy

The Amalfi Coast, renowned for its cascading cliffside towns, captivating coves, and idyllic bays, is adorned with terraces brimming with citrus fruits, vineyards, and olive groves. This breathtaking region is so distinguished for its natural and cultural wealth that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guided by your personal expert, your tour here includes visits to the iconic villages of Positano, Amalfi, Praiano, and Ravello, each offering its unique allure and charm.

  • Positano presents a maze of alleyways flanked by vibrant boutiques, leading to a serene beachside where you can enjoy a meal with an ocean view. Don’t miss the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, home to the revered icon of the Black Madonna.
  • Amalfi awaits with its impressive cathedral and an opportunity to savor the local specialty, limoncello.
  • Praiano offers a glimpse into the authentic life of a fishing village untouched by the passage of time.
  • Ravello, where you will discover the enchanting gardens of Villa Cimbrone or explore the historical Villa Rufolo.

Your night will be spent back in the comfort of your Sorrento accommodation.

Day 13: Capri Island by Yacht

Capri Boat Trip, Italy

Set sail from Sorrento Marina aboard a private yacht captained by a seasoned skipper, ready to tailor the day to your desires on the enchanting island of Capri.

Embrace the opportunity to immerse yourself in the crystalline embrace of the sea, venturing into enchanting grottos that hold centuries of secrets, or simply relax under the warmth of the sun on the deck of your private yacht. 

The journey offers a myriad of possibilities, including the possibility of visiting the renowned Blue Grotto, where the interplay of light and water creates a magical azure glow; the tranquil White Grotto, with its majestic natural sculptures; or the lush Green Grotto, where the reflections of the verdant foliage above dance on the water’s surface. Tailored to your desires, the day promises a blend of adventure, relaxation, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Return to Sorrento in the evening.

Day 14: Naples

Naples, Italy

On your final day in Italy on our 3-week tour itinerary, your driver will take you into the heart of Campania for a day in Naples, a city rich in history and bustling with life, guided by a local who embodies the Neapolitan spirit.

Begin exploring the historic center, from the lively Spanish Quarter to the awe-inspiring Chapel of San Severo, housing the Veiled Christ. Wander San Gregorio Armeno, famed for its artisan nativity scenes.

Delve into Naples’ subterranean wonders or indulge in culinary delights, sampling the city’s famed street food and sipping traditional Neapolitan coffee.

Lunch is an affair to remember with authentic Neapolitan pizza by the waterfront.

The afternoon is reserved for the Museo Capodimonte’s art treasures, set in a sprawling park. The museum occasionally comes alive with theatrical performances, adding a dynamic layer to your visit.

For those drawn to the stage, Naples offers the historic Teatro di San Carlo. Tickets to a performance in this illustrious venue provide a grand finale to your day in Naples, capturing the city’s enduring love for theatre.

Day 15: Say Bonjour to Paris!

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

As you prepare to enter the third country on our itinerary, you will be collected from your Naples hotel in the morning, where your private driver ensures a smooth journey to the local airport. 

Board your flight to Paris, the timeless City of Lights, with the journey unfolding over just a little more than two hours. Embrace the anticipation of exploring the romantic and artistic allure that defines Paris.

Arrival in Paris

Upon landing, another private driver awaits to whisk you away to your centrally located Parisian accommodation. Settle in and prepare for an afternoon immersed in the city’s iconic charm and elegance.

Afternoon Paris Walking Tour

Set out on an enchanting guided walking tour through the center of Paris, where history and modernity dance along the Seine. Highlights include:

  • Notre Dame Cathedral: Stand before this Gothic masterpiece, reveling in its architectural magnificence and centuries-old stories.
  • Champs-Élysées: Stroll down this grand avenue, the epitome of Parisian style and culture, leading to the majestic Arc de Triomphe.

Eiffel Tower in the Evening

Conclude your first day in France with a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower. 

Ascend to the summit as the city unfolds below in a panoramic spectacle of lights and shadows, offering a moment of awe that encapsulates the spirit of Paris.

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Day 16: Paris Guided Tours

The Louvre, Paris, France

Continue your Parisian adventure with a private exploration of the Louvre, the epitome of art and history. 

Louvre Private Tour

This architectural marvel houses Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic Mona Lisa and the graceful Venus de Milo and boasts an extensive collection of over 35,000 art pieces spread across its vast 15-acre gallery space.

Given its enormity, a brief glance at each artifact would take over three months! To enhance your experience, our tour specialists will tailor your visit to focus on the artworks and exhibits that resonate most with you, ensuring a deeply personal and enriching exploration with your expert guide.

Orangerie Museum’s Masterpieces

Your artistic Parisian journey continues at the Musée de l’Orangerie, nestled within the serene Tuileries Garden. 

This museum is famed for housing Monet’s mesmerizing Water Lilies series, along with works by Cézanne, Modigliani, and Picasso. This intimate setting provides a captivating backdrop to delve into some of the most influential movements in art history.

Seine River

Cap off your day with a stroll along the Seine’s picturesque banks, embracing the romantic ambiance of Paris. 

The proximity of the Orangerie to the Seine offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on the day’s discoveries and the city’s enduring charm.

Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur Exploration

For a change of pace, venture to the bohemian hills of Montmartre in the evening. 

This artistic enclave, known for its vibrant street art, bustling cafés, and the stunning Sacré-Cœur Basilica, offers panoramic views of Paris. 

Spend the evening getting to know Dive the artistic legacy of Montmartre, once home to Picasso and Van Gogh. Experience the lively atmosphere of this historic neighborhood before making the transfer to Strasbourg the following morning.

Day 17: Journey to Strasbourg

Alsatian Museum, Strasbourg, France

Your adventure in Alsace begins with a swift journey from Paris aboard a high-speed train, whisking you to Strasbourg in just under two hours.

Arrival in the Heart of Alsace

Strasbourg, the vibrant capital of the Bas-Rhin region, welcomes you with its rich tapestry of cultural influences, a testament to its historical shifts between French and German sovereignties. 

This blend is evident in the local Alsatian dialect, distinctive half-timbered architecture, and the region’s unique culinary offerings.

Exploring Strasbourg’s Hidden Gems

Once settled, embark on an intimate discovery of Strasbourg’s lesser-known treasures. Steer clear of the well-trodden paths to uncover the city’s secret corners and local haunts.

Alsatian Museum Adventure

Delve into the rich cultural heritage of Alsace with a visit to the Alsatian Museum. 

Housed in a series of traditional Strasbourg homes, this museum offers an immersive glimpse into the region’s rural life, artisanal crafts, and folk traditions through meticulously preserved rooms, artifacts, and costumes.

Neustadt District

Wander through the Neustadt (New Town) district, a grandiose expansion of Strasbourg conceived during the German Empire, showcasing a harmonious blend of German and French architectural styles. 

This area, with its wide boulevards, majestic squares, and impressive edifices, contrasts the medieval charm of the city’s historic center.

Your first day in Strasbourg sets the tone for a journey filled with cultural immersion, architectural marvels, and the discovery of the unique identity that defines this captivating Alsatian capital.

Day 18: Discovering the Grandeur of Strasbourg

Strasbourg Cathedral, France

Day 18 in Strasbourg unfolds with an exploration of its iconic cathedral, a symbol of Gothic splendor, followed by a serene cruise along the picturesque canals. 

A Visit to the Majestic Cathedral

Journey through time with a visit to Strasbourg’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. 

Construction spanned over four centuries, beginning in 1015. A significant transition to the Gothic style in 1225 led to the modification of earlier structures. 

Today, it is the sixth-largest church globally and a testament to medieval architectural ambition.

Canal Cruise Exploration

In the afternoon, set sail on a leisurely canal cruise, offering a unique perspective of Strasbourg’s historical tapestry. 

Your captain will guide you through the charming district of Petite France, renowned for its quaint half-timbered houses and tranquil waterways. Your guide will illuminate the city’s tumultuous past and the engineering marvel of navigating the Vauban dam’s lock system.

Conclude your day with a dining experience in one of Strasbourg’s elegant canal-side restaurants. Savor the local cuisine and enjoy the enchanting views of the city’s illuminated waterways, providing a perfect backdrop to reflect on the day’s adventures.

Day 19: Strasbourg Orangerie & Charms of Petite France

Petite France

Your Strasbourg exploration continues with the peaceful Orangerie Park, a haven for the iconic Alsace storks. Then, let the colorful facades and quaint streets of Petite France enchant you, echoing stories of the past amidst the vibrant buzz of city life.

Morning in Orangerie Park

Begin your day immersed in the tranquility of Orangerie Park, Strasbourg’s oldest public garden. Created in the 17th Century, this verdant oasis is not only a feast for the eyes with its meticulously manicured gardens but also a sanctuary for the storks of Alsace. As you meander through the lush pathways, look up to catch a glimpse of these majestic birds perched atop the trees, an emblematic sight of the region.

Petite France

As the day unfolds, venture into the heart of Petite France, a postcard-perfect quarter known for its vibrantly painted houses and winding cobblestone lanes. Let your guide lead you through this enchanting area, brimming with historical allure and architectural wonder.

Indulge in Alsace’s culinary heritage with a taste of traditional dishes like choucroute aux viandes or flammkuchen in a quaint bistro nestled among the half-timbered houses.

A Tribute to Gutenberg

Conclude your day at Place Gutenberg, a lively square dedicated to the father of modern printing, Johannes Gutenberg. Here, amidst the backdrop of a grand statue of Gutenberg, reflect on the revolutionary strides made in print technology right in Strasbourg, blending cultural legacy with the city’s vibrant present.

Day 20: Colmar Day Trip

Colmar, Alsace, France

Explore the storybook village of Colmar, where French charm meets German tradition in a vibrant tapestry of history and beauty.

Colmar: The Fairytale Village

Begin your day in Colmar, a village that epitomizes the charm of Alsace with its vibrant, colorful houses and picturesque canals. 

Dubbed the “Fairytale Town of France,” Colmar feels like stepping into a storybook, with its rows of well-preserved houses reflecting a blend of French and German influences. 

The town’s rich history is palpable, especially in its architecture and the meticulously maintained facades that line the Quai des Poissonniers often likened to a “Petite Venice.”

Alsace Wine Experience

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the local culture with a private wine tasting at a renowned winery. 

Discover the delicate flavors of Alsace’s signature wines, including Gewurztraminer and Riesling, as your guide introduces you to the region’s viticultural heritage.

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Day 21: Discovering Alsace’s Hidden Gems

Town of Obernai, France

On your final day in France, and of this itinerary as a whole, you will discover the rich heritage of St. Odile in Obernai and delve into the world of Bugatti in Molsheim, encapsulating the spirit of innovation and tradition.

Obernai: A Stroll through History

Less than 40 minutes from Strasbourg, your driver will deliver you to Obernai; this gem of a town captivates with its historic charm and the legacy of Alsace’s patron saint, St. Odile. 

Your guide will help you to explore the town’s significant sites, from the enchanting fountain commemorating St. Odile to the Halles des Bles and the notable El Biar Castle, inspired by Algerian architecture.

Molsheim: The Bugatti Legacy

The afternoon brings you to Molsheim, renowned for its connection to the legendary Bugatti brand. 

Delve into the history of this iconic carmaker at the Bugatti Museum, from its racing heritage to the luxurious road cars. Don’t miss the serene La Chartreuse monastery, a peaceful retreat with its traditional herb gardens.

As your exploration of Alsace concludes, your chauffeur will escort you back to Strasbourg. From there, embark on the TGV to Paris, reflecting on the unforgettable memories made in France’s enchanting villages before your journey home.

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