12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France
— 1 night
Metz, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Montreux (Queen Studio Experience & Freddie Mercury Statue) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Geneva travel route planning site.

Bangkok, Thailand to Geneva is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Geneva is minus 6 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bangkok in March, with highs in Geneva at 13°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Nice.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Nice, France — 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Geneva in March, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trips
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and then stroll through Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer attractions planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Metz.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Metz, France — 1 night

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
On the 26th (Sun), make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville, contemplate the long history of Œuvre de la cathédrale, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Metz attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Metz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in March, things will get slightly colder in Metz: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Metz to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Switzerland travel guide

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

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.