23 days in France, Geneva & Zurich Itinerary

23 days in France, Geneva & Zurich Itinerary

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23 days in France, Geneva & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  13 h
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h
4
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Bangkok, Thailand

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and Musee Marmottan Monet. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau) and The Hall of Mirrors (in Versailles). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning app.

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in March, expect Paris to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, The Hall of Mirrors
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore hidden gems such as Palais du Pharo and Abbaye Saint Victor. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and browse the different shops at Les Voutes Marseillaises.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marseille road trip planning site.

Fly from Paris to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Montagne Sainte Victoire
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Palais du Pharo ©
Palais du Pharo
Montagne Sainte Victoire ©
Montagne Sainte Victoire
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, get your game on at SENSAS Nice, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez ©
Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, take a stroll through Place des Jacobins, don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally get your game on at DreamAway Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and tram from Nice to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lyon, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Le Mur Des Canuts ©
Le Mur Des Canuts
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, then get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, then shop like a local with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, and finally make a trip to Chapel of the Maccabees. Keep things going the next day: stop by La Chocolaterie de Geneve, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally make a trip to The Flower Clock.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Food Tours
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Virtual Room ©
Virtual Room

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and FIFA World Football Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Fondation Beyeler (in Riehen) and Basel (Basel Paper Mill Museum & Offene Kirche Elisabethen). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Niederdorf, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and have some family-friendly fun at Fusion Arena Virtual Reality Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Zurich are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Basel, Fondation Beyeler
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Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum

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