15 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Dijon, France
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
4
Grenoble, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Annecy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
End: Zurich, Switzerland


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2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich attractions planning tool .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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night
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Barrage Vauban, take a stroll through La Petite France, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally stroll through Parc de l'Orangerie.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg trip itinerary site .

Drive from Zurich to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Parc de l'Orangerie ©
Parc de l'Orangerie

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hours
Dijon, France

Dijon
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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dijon trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Colmar to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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night
Grenoble, France

Grenoble ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chartreuse Cellars, take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de Grenoble. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grenoble planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dijon to Grenoble takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Grenoble sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums Tours Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Chartreuse
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Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble
Room Escape Games

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Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stop by Paul Machenaud and then don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Annecy route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Annecy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Annecy are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for Montreux.

Things to do in Annecy

Shopping
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Paul Machenaud ©
Paul Machenaud
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
Pont des Amours ©
Pont des Amours

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nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres and then admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sauvabelin Tower, examine the collection at Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Memorial.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Montreux vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Annecy to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon, Castle of Gruyeres
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, and then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt road trip tool .

You can take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

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nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, then have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Interlaken driving holiday planner .

Getting from Zermatt to Interlaken by train takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Brienz, Trümmelbachfälle
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 6th (Thu), snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then look and learn at Swiss Museum of Transport, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip builder tool .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Childrens Museums
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Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
On the 7th (Fri), stroll through Lindenhofplatz.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip website .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors
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Lindenhofplatz ©
Lindenhofplatz
Zurich Succulent Plant Collection ©
Zurich Succulent Plant Collection

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