56 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

56 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
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Cannes, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Menton, France
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Paris, France

— 7 nights

City of Light

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Eglise Notre-Dame En Sa Nativite (in Voisins-le-Bretonneux) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing tool.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 8:

Bayeux, France

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pegasus Memorial. Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Cimetières Militaires (in Ranville), La Roche d'Oetre (in Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's still lots to do: get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:

Carcassonne, France

— 6 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee des Augustins and Church of Les Jacobins. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Montpellier (Bois de Montmaur & Musee Fabre), Beille & Chioula (in Les Cabannes) and Mansathau (in Meze). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Reserve Africaine de Sigean, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip builder.

Getting from Bayeux to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bayeux in March, you will find days in Carcassonne are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 20:

Marseille, France

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Museum-lovers will get to explore MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain and Musee Angladon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Abbaye Saint Victor. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Trolib, wander the streets of The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online route planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

Hyeres, France

— 6 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne. Appreciate the collections at La Maison du Cygne and Confiserie Azureenne. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer), Paroisse de Ramatuelle (in Ramatuelle) and Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole). There's lots more to do: trek along Sentier du Littoral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Certosa di La Verne, look for gifts at Chateau de la Clapiere, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hyeres trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Marseille to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. March in Hyeres sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:

Cannes, France

— 7 nights

Festival City

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.
You'll explore and learn at Musée Marc Chagall and Palais Lascaris. Visit Vieille Ville and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to L'aquarium Naturel des Flots Bleus (in St-Laurent du Var), Eglise St Pierre & Paul (in Cagnes-sur-Mer) and Nice (Cimetiere du Chateau, Place Garibaldi, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Lérins Islands, stroll through Base Nature Francois Leotard, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Biot.

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Getting from Hyeres to Cannes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cannes are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Menton.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 7:

Menton, France

— 5 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and Promenade Le Corbusier are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: La cité médiévale (in Eze), Musee des Coquillages (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) and Villa Kerylos (in Beaulieu-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, stroll through Arboretum du Mont-Gros, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, and explore the world behind art at La Maison du Portal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Menton attractions app.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Menton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Menton sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:

Lyon, France

— 6 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Dauphinois and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble & Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere), Les Grottes de La Balme (in La Balme-les-Grottes) and Resonance Canyon (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Vincent, see the interesting displays at La Maison de la Passementerie, and contemplate the long history of La forteresse de Saint-Maurice.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lyon route planner.

You can fly from Menton to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Menton in April since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. You'll explore and learn at Landesmuseum and Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection. Venture out of the city with trips to Maennlichen (in Grindelwald), Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, wander the streets of Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Church of St. Peter, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich holiday maker.

Getting from Lyon to Zurich by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Lyon in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Zurich, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 25:

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.