9 days in France & Zurich Itinerary

9 days in France & Zurich Itinerary

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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

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), join in the after-dark buzz 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 Shopping Center - Polygone Riviera. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Marche Forville, look for gifts at 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 find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker app.

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, bus, and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Nice due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Nice

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

1
night
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by Fromagerie la Ferme, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then look for gifts at Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Nice to Carcassonne Center by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Carcassonne Center, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time 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
Fromagerie la Ferme ©
Fromagerie la Ferme
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by The Presqu'ile, wander the streets of Place des Jacobins, and then take a stroll through Cite medievale de Perouges. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, look for gifts at Secrets d'Apiculteur, wander the streets of Place Bellecour, then look for gifts at La Fromagerie d'Oullins, and finally take a stroll through Croix-Rousse.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Carcassonne Center to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and tram. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car 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
La Fromagerie d'Oullins ©
La Fromagerie d'Oullins
Secrets d'Apiculteur ©
Secrets d'Apiculteur

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 4th (Sat), kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, stop by Confiserie Sprungli, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Lyon in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

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

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