17 days in France, Rust & Thun Itinerary

17 days in France, Rust & Thun Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Rust, Germany
— 4 nights
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Thun, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Evian-les-Bains, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Paris. In July, Paris is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rust.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Rust, Germany

— 4 nights
Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rust: Freiburger Münster (in Freiburg im Breisgau) and Baden-Baden (Museum Frieder Burda, Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Europa-Park.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rust day trip planning site.

Getting from Paris to Rust by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Rust can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Thun.

Things to do in Rust

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Thun, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Explore Thun's surroundings by going to Bern (Elfenau, Egelsee, &more) and Lenk im Simmental (Iffigfall, Simmenfalle, &more). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, make a trip to The Central Church Of Thun, and admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Thun visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rust to Thun takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Evian-les-Bains.

Things to do in Thun

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Evian-les-Bains, France

— 2 nights
Évian-les-Bains or Évian is a commune in the northern part of the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.A high-market holiday resort and spa town on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), it has been visited, over two centuries, by royalty such as Kings Edward VII and George V of the United Kingdom and King Farouk of Egypt, and celebrities such as countess Anna de Noailles and Marcel Proust.HistoryBirth of an elite spa townThe springs of Evian were still rather unknown at the time of the French Revolution. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then get all the information you need at Office of Tourism Yvoire, and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de L'eau du Pre Curieux. On the next day, play a few rounds at Evian Resort Golf Club, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de l'Assomption, then get a sense of history and politics at Villa Lumiere, and finally explore the activities along Lac Leman.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Evian-les-Bains journey planner.

Traveling by car from Thun to Evian-les-Bains takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Evian-les-Bains

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

France travel guide

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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.