17 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
3
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
5
Lyon, France
— 1 night
6
Nice, France
— 2 nights
7
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
8
Bordeaux, France
— 1 day
9
Paris, France
— 4 nights

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, thenvisit Niederdorf, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, thenadmire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten, thensteep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Rapperswil.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Zurich is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Rapperswil
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Niederdorf
Niederdorf
FIFA World Football Museum ©
FIFA World Football Museum

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
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 5th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), thencontemplate the long history of Simsonbrunnen, thenponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, and finally admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Ghost, thenshop like a local with Galerie Rigassi by SOON, and finally ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bern are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

1
night
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, examine the collection at Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, engage your brain at Museum of Zoology - Lausanne, step into the grandiose world of Palais De Rumine, thenget to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Historique de Lausanne.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lausanne tour builder app.

Drive from Bern to Lausanne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts ©
Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts
Musee Historique de Lausanne ©
Musee Historique de Lausanne
Palais De Rumine ©
Palais De Rumine

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
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 8th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, examine the collection at Musee Ariana, examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Musee Militaire Genevois, thenwander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, and finally examine the collection at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Lausanne to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vieux-Carouge, Musee Militaire Genevois
Highlights from your plan
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde
Musee Militaire Genevois ©
Musee Militaire Genevois

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the striking features of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, thenexamine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon vacation planning website.

You can drive from Geneva to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
Fresque des Lyonnais ©
Fresque des Lyonnais
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, wander the streets of Place Rossetti, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, and finally steep yourself in history at Ville medieval.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nice trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in October, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Haut de Cagnes, Ville medieval
Highlights from your plan
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Haut de Cagnes ©
Haut de Cagnes
Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 12th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Musee Regards de Provence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne, thensee the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

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You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Musee Regards de Provence ©
Musee Regards de Provence
Palais Longchamp ©
Palais Longchamp
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

1
day
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, examine the collection at Musee d'Aquitaine, thenget to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and finally take a stroll through Port of the Moon.

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Getting from Marseille to Bordeaux by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Musee d'Aquitaine ©
Musee d'Aquitaine
Tour Pey-Berland ©
Tour Pey-Berland

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Orsay and Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. Appreciate the collections at The Army Museum and Petit Palais. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and explore the world behind art at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.

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Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
The Army Museum ©
The Army Museum

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