19 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel route planner

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Besancon, France
— 3 nights
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Colmar, France
— 4 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral and MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve. Eglise Russe and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards will appeal to history buffs. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Roman Columns (in Nyon), Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune (in Saint-Maurice) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Anglais, admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and get engrossed in the history at Maison Tavel.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip maker.

Stockholm, Sweden to Geneva is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in June; daily highs in Geneva reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 7th (Mon), you're off to Besancon.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Besancon, France

— 3 nights
Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Saint-Jean de Besancon and Maison de Louis Pasteur. Discover out-of-the-way places like Collegiale Notre-Dame de Dole and Porte Noire. Explore Besancon's surroundings by going to Dole (Fresque Ces femmes et ces hommes qui ont fait l'histoire de Dole & Eglise Saint-Jean-l'Evangeliste) and Eglise Saint-Just d'Arbois (in Arbois). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du Temps et Palais Granvelle, explore the ancient world of Square Castan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, and take a leisurely stroll along Quai Vauban.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Besancon holiday app.

You can drive from Geneva to Besancon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Besancon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Colmar, France

— 4 nights

Little Venice

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hartmannswillerkopf and Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Fortifications de Neuf-Brisach and Musee Memorial du Vieil Armand. Get out of town with these interesting Colmar side-trips: Eglise Saint-Georges (in Selestat) and Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster). The adventure continues: make a trip to Fontaine Bruat, admire the landmark architecture of Maison Schongauer, walk around Parc du Champs de Mars, and admire the local landmark of Fontaine du Petit Vigneron.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colmar trip builder website.

You can drive from Besancon to Colmar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Basel, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Step off the beaten path and head to Offene Kirche Elisabethen and Merian Garten. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Augusta Raurica and Murus Gallicus - Der Keltenwall. When in Basel, make a side trip to see Amphitheater von Vindonissa in Windisch, approximately Windisch away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Lange Erlen, don't miss a visit to Spalen Gate, stop by Basel's Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Basel attractions planner.

You can drive from Colmar to Basel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.