17 days in Cannes, Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

17 days in Cannes, Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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Cannes, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
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Hamburg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Cannes, France

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 2nd (Mon), don't miss a visit to La Croix-des-Gardes, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Le Monastere Fortifie, make a trip to Star-Studded Floor, don't miss a visit to Gare Maritime, then take a leisurely stroll along Vieux Port, then make a trip to Les Murs Peints, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monuments aux Morts.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cannes is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Cannes. Traveling from Riyadh in March, things will get much colder in Cannes: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Geneva.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

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 4th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient. On your second day here, take a stroll through Quartier des Eaux-Vives, then hit the slopes at Portes du Soleil, and then learn about winemaking at Les Freres Dubois.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva online itinerary maker.

Fly from Cannes to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cannes in March, expect Geneva to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 7th (Sat), hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and then trek along 5-Seenweg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Stellisee, then get interesting insight from Tours, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, and finally stop by Laderach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Classes

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 9th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Kornmarkt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and finally examine the collection at Bourbaki Panorama. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, then admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, and finally admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Rothenburg, Germany

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the views from Tauberbrucke, steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., then admire the landmark architecture of Marien Apotheke- Jagstheimerhaus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Herrgottskirche.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rothenburg trip maker.

Getting from Lucerne to Rothenburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Lucerne in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rothenburg: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Kurlander Palais, then take an in-depth tour of Festung Xperience (Festung Dresden), then explore the striking landscape at Schwedenlocher, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuhstall. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Tradition & Form, examine the collection at Parkeisenbahn, then admire the natural beauty at Dresden Botanical Gardens, and finally examine the collection at Gedenkstatte Bautzner Strasse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dresden day trip planning website.

Drive from Rothenburg to Dresden in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. March in Dresden sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 1 night

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Altes Museum, then don't miss a visit to Reiterstandbild Konig Friedrich II von Preussen, and then take a stroll through Kreuzberg.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Neighborhoods

Hamburg, Germany

— 4 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Explore hidden gems such as Seebrucke and Sankt Peter-Ordings Pfahlbauten. Venture out of the city with trips to Bothmer Palace (in Kluetz), Hospitalkirche zum Heiligen Geist (in Wismar) and Nord Ostseekanal (Kiel Canal) (in Brunsbuettel). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Wildpark Schwarze Berge, make a trip to Rathausmarkt, take in nature's colorful creations at Loki Schmidt Garten Botanical Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.