9 days in France & Zurich Itinerary

9 days in France & Zurich Itinerary

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9 days in France & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Nice, France
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia


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1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), look for gifts at Deli', then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, then look for gifts at VinAzur - Vins de provence, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Polygone Riviera. On the next day, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville, stop by 1862 Wines & Spirits, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, and finally take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice journey planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Nice is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Nice

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Eze, VinAzur - Vins de provence, Shopping Center - Polygone Riviera
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Marche Forville ©
Marche Forville
Deli' ©
Deli'
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

1
night
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by Fromagerie la Ferme, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then look for gifts at Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center tour site .

You can drive from Nice to Carcassonne Center in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Nice in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Carcassonne Center, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

O'Vineyards
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

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 2nd (Thu): take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, then take a stroll through Place des Jacobins, and then wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, stop by Secrets d'Apiculteur, then wander the streets of Place Bellecour, then stop by La Fromagerie d'Oullins, and finally take a stroll through Croix-Rousse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Lyon by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Lyon

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Cite medievale de Perouges, La Fromagerie d'Oullins
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Secrets d'Apiculteur ©
Secrets d'Apiculteur
Place des Jacobins ©
Place des Jacobins

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Lyon to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Lyon in August, plan for little chillier days in Zurich, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Strandbad Mythenquai ©
Strandbad Mythenquai
Confiserie Sprungli ©
Confiserie Sprungli

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