36 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Le Mans City, France
— 2 nights
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Nantes, France
— 2 nights
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Perpignan, France
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Grenoble, France
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Dijon, France
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Metz, France
— 2 nights
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Lille, France
— 3 nights
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Rouen, France
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Le Havre, France
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Le Mans City, France — 2 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
On the 1st (Thu), get a dose of the wild on Sled Dog Ride, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Lude, and then steep yourself in history at Abbaye Royale de L'Epau. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, then appreciate the extensive heritage of La Nuit des Chimeres, then take an in-depth tour of 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, and finally join the crowd at Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Le Mans City trip maker.

Versailles to Le Mans City is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Le Mans City can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nantes.
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Nantes, France — 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get interesting insight from Detours en Loire, and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Cimetiere Parc.

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You can drive from Le Mans City to Nantes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Perpignan.
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Perpignan, France — 2 nights

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Prehistory Tautavel, make a trip to Maison de la Catalanite, then steep yourself in history at Cathedrale St-Jean, then get great views at Castillet, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Château de Salses, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Collioure, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'art moderne de Ceret, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Can Cago Galerie De La Main De Fer.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Perpignan trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Nantes to Perpignan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nantes in June; daily highs in Perpignan reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St. Pierre, admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, then contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, contemplate the long history of Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, then make a trip to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally wander the streets of Place de la Comedie.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Perpignan to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally make a trip to Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally wander the streets of The Panier.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marseille day trip planning app.

You can drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Grenoble.
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Grenoble, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Musee Dauphinois, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Parc du Chateau de Vizille, then steep yourself in history at Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes, and then identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grenoble online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Marseille to Grenoble by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in June, expect Grenoble to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, then get engrossed in the history at Abbaye de Tamie, and then stroll through Les Pertes de le Valserine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to La Vieille Ville, then see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Water Taxi Annecy, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye d'Hautecombe.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Annecy driving holiday website.

Getting from Grenoble to Annecy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Annecy are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Annecy to Geneva in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, explore the world behind art at Palace of the Dukes, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de La Rochepot, then see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune, and finally examine the collection at Le Cassissium.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dijon online travel route planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Dijon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Dijon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, then get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle, and finally admire the local landmark of Simsonbrunnen.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Dijon to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bern are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Let the collections at Landesmuseum and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Stein (Appenzeller Schaukaserei & Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR), Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Verkehrshaus der Schweiz) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mauritius Church, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zurich road trip site.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, then take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, and finally wander the streets of La Petite France. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden, and then identify plant and animal life at La Volerie des Aigles.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Metz.
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Metz, France — 2 nights

City of Light

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 27th (Tue), admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale, then take an in-depth tour of Fort de Queuleu, then make a trip to Place Stanislas, and finally stroll around Parc Olry. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, explore the world behind art at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, and then examine the collection at Centre Pompidou-Metz.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Metz trip maker site.

Drive from Strasbourg to Metz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Metz can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Lille.
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Lille, France — 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Museum-lovers will appreciate LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Musee La Piscine. Visit Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Old Stock Exchange for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lille: Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert) and Musée du Louvre-Lens (in Lens). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, get to know the resident critters at Lille Zoo, take a stroll through Vieux-Lille, and make a trip to Grande Place.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lille trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Metz to Lille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Lille sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen, France — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, don't miss a visit to Parlement de Normandie, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Jumieges, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parc de Cleres, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rouen online vacation planner.

Getting from Lille to Rouen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Le Havre.
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Le Havre, France — 3 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bayeux War Cemetery and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Carre du Theatre de l'Hotel de Ville. Change things up with these side-trips from Le Havre: Honfleur (Naturospace & Vieux Bassin) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, get engrossed in the history at Musee Maison de L'Armateur, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Joseph, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Le Havre online vacation planner.

Getting from Rouen to Le Havre by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Le Havre sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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