11 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Saint-Tropez, France
— 1 night
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then wander the streets of Niederdorf.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Zurich is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Zurich, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New Delhi, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Nice, France

— 3 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.
La Croisette and Vieille Ville are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Juan les Pins Main Beach and Eze Sur Mer Strand. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, steep yourself in history at Ville medieval, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Zurich to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in January, with highs in Nice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, France

— 1 night
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Canebiers, then kick back and relax at Plage de l'Escalet, and then stroll through Port Grimaud 1 Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez vacation tool.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint-Tropez when traveling from Nice in January, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Carcassonne, France

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne tour planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Carcassonne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. While traveling from Saint-Tropez, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Paris, France

— 4 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.
Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Interios, take a stroll through Montmartre, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in January, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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 · 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.