19 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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19 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Avignon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Grasse, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
9
Grenoble, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
11
Geneva, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Hong Kong, China

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 24th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip app .

Hong Kong, China to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hong Kong to Zurich, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, you will find days in Zurich are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are much colder (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colmar.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for gifts at Confiserie des Hautes Vosges, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then take a stroll through Little Venice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Sainte Odile, make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, explore the world behind art at Musee Bartholdi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colmar online trip builder .

You can drive from Zurich to Colmar in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Colmar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, Mont Sainte Odile, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Confiserie des Hautes Vosges
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Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Mont Sainte Odile ©
Mont Sainte Odile

1
night
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 27th (Sat): examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, then explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and then get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bern route builder app .

You can drive from Colmar to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Gruyeres
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Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner .

Take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Chamonix.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

1
night
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): examine the collection at Crystal Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Michel, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamonix online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Chamonix in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint Michel ©
Eglise Saint Michel

3
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Head to Tapiezo and Librairie le Bleuetfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and Carrieres des Lumieres. Venture out of the city with trips to Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Dedicate the 3rd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon online day trip planner .

Drive from Chamonix to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Grasse.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Gordes, Carrieres des Lumieres, Pont du Gard, Roman Theatre of Orange, Librairie le Bleuet
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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nights
Grasse, France

Grasse ©
Grasse is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department, on the French Riviera.The town is considered the world's capital of perfume. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at La Nouvelle Cremerie, browse the different shops at Polygone Riviera, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence, and finally delve into the distant past at Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grasse tour planning site .

You can drive from Avignon to Grasse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Grasse, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Grasse

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, Shopping Center - Polygone Riviera, Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon
Highlights from your plan
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon ©
Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon
Musee International de la Parfumerie ©

1
night
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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grasse to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Marseille are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stop by Chocolatier Bonnat and then admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Grenoble trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Marseille to Grenoble in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, Grenoble is little chillier than Marseille - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Chocolatier Bonnat
Highlights from your plan
Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble
Chocolatier Bonnat ©
Chocolatier Bonnat

2
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at La Fromagerie de la Cochette.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip planner .

You can drive from Grenoble to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Annecy

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Abbaye d'Hautecombe, La Fromagerie de la Cochette
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye d'Hautecombe ©
Abbaye d'Hautecombe
La Fromagerie de la Cochette ©
La Fromagerie de la Cochette
Musee Chateau ©
Musee Chateau

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Bains des Paquis and then get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

Plan my trip to Geneva with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Annecy to Geneva by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August in Geneva, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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