56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 9 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 8 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Grenoble, France
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Drive to Cauterets
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Cauterets, France
— 2 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 9 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Church of St. Peter. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen), Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, get outside with Outdoor Activities, identify plant and animal life at Heiternplatz, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 10:

Nice, France

— 8 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Let the collections at Palais Lascaris and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews capture your imagination. Visit Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Promenade Le Corbusier & Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), Menton (Cemetery of the Old Chateau & La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs) and Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

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You can fly from Zurich to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in March, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 18:

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. Visit Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste and Notre Dame de Consolation for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne and Musee Du Patrimoine. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Sainte-Maxime (Galerie Regard, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole) and Les Murs Vegetaux (in Gassin). There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Le Cap Lardier, trek along Sentier du Littoral, explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and stroll through Les Vieux Salins d'Hyeres.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyeres online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 24:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Appreciate the collections at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Fondation Vasarely. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon), Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles) and Cassis (Peche. Calanques. Com & Trolib). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de la Treille, and test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Hunt.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March in Marseille, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Grenoble.

Things to do in Marseille

Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 29:

Grenoble, France

— 5 nights

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Get some cultural insight at Musee Dauphinois and Musee de Grenoble. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: La Grande Evasion Escape Game Chambery (in Saint-Jeoire-Prieure), Ski Cool (in Val Thorens) and Promenade le Lac du Lou (in Les Menuires). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins, stroll through Les Allues, get outside with Parcours Aventure, and hit the slopes at Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grenoble driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Marseille to Grenoble in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In March, Grenoble is a bit cooler than Marseille - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 3:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Colline de Fourviere. Popular historic sites such as Vieux Lyon and Eglise Sainte Marie are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Resonance Canyon (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour), Musee des traditions bugistes (in Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey) and Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges). There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lyon tour planner.

Drive from Grenoble to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cauterets.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9:

Cauterets, France

— 2 nights
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Dungeon of Eagles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Piétat, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Felix de Gerone, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Saturnin. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise des Templiers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chemin de Croix Et Creches de L'eglise Notre Dame, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Assomption.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cauterets road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Lyon to Cauterets takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Cauterets

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

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.
Popular historic sites such as Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Hoc are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Memorial de Caen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Cabane Vauban (in Carolles). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, make a trip to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cauterets to Bayeux takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 17:

Paris, France

— 8 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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Le Marais, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 25:

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.

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.