14 days in South of France, Italian Alps & Switzerland Itinerary

14 days in South of France, Italian Alps & Switzerland Itinerary

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14 days in South of France, Italian Alps & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  16 h
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h
3
Porto-Vecchio, France
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Merano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Livigno, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
6
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to La Croisette, do a tasting at Domaine de Toasc, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice trip builder tool .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Colombo to Nice, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Colombo in December, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, Spas, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

2
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
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 26th (Thu): do a tasting at O'Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Rose et Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, do a tasting at Chateau Canet, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne attractions planning app .

You can drive from Nice to Carcassonne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December, Carcassonne is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, France

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at plage de Tamaricciu, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and then identify plant and animal life at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Carcassonne to Porto-Vecchio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Carcassonne in December, expect nights in Porto-Vecchio to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Merano.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone

2
nights
Merano, Italy

Merano ©
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tappeiner Promenade and Castel Thun. Visiting Scuola Italiana Sci Dolomiti di Brenta and Val Gardena will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Paganella (in Andalo) and Piazza Walther (in Bolzano). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Merano tour itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Porto-Vecchio to Merano takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Porto-Vecchio in December: high temperatures in Merano hover around 9°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Livigno.

Things to do in Merano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Andalo, Val Gardena, Piazza Walther, Castel Thun
Highlights from your plan
Tappeiner Promenade ©
Tappeiner Promenade
Castel Thun ©
Castel Thun
Paganella ©
Paganella

1
night
Livigno, Italy

Livigno ©
Livigno is a town and comune in the province of Sondrio, in the region of Lombardy, Italy, located in the Italian Alps, near the Swiss border.HistoryLivigno's second settlers were probably shepherds during the Middle Ages. On the 2nd (Thu), hit the slopes at Mottolino Fun Mountain and then fly down the slopes at Carosello 3000 - Ski Area Livigno.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Livigno trip planner .

Drive from Merano to Livigno in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Merano in January, expect Livigno to be a bit cooler, temps between 1°C and -7°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Livigno

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mottolino Fun Mountain ©
Mottolino Fun Mountain
Carosello 3000 - Ski Area Livigno ©
Carosello 3000 - Ski Area Livigno

3
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First and then get great views at Jungfraujoch. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Grindelwald itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Livigno to Grindelwald takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

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