19 days in United Kingdom, France & Swiss Alps Itinerary

19 days in United Kingdom, France & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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19 days in United Kingdom, France & Swiss Alps Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Drive:  21​h
1
Dover, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Croydon, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 day
Train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
Dover, United Kingdom

Dover ©
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. Visit South Foreland Lighthouse and Secret Wartime Tunnels for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at The White Cliffs of Dover and Mapp & Lucia's Rye. Take a break from Dover with a short trip to Smallhythe Place in Tenterden, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Dover Castle, make a trip to Western Heights, visit a coastal fixture at Roman Lighthouse, and walk around Kearsney Abbey Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Dover online route planner .

Chicago, USA to Dover is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chicago to Dover, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect Dover to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Croydon.

Things to do in Dover

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Rye, Smallhythe Place, Deal's Old Town
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South Foreland Lighthouse ©
South Foreland Lighthouse
The White Cliffs of Dover ©
The White Cliffs of Dover
Ypres Tower Museum, Rye Castle ©
Ypres Tower Museum, Rye Castle

1
night
Croydon, United Kingdom

Croydon ©
Croydon is a large town in south London, England, 9.5mi south of Charing Cross. On the 19th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Charles Darwin Down House, then examine the collection at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Littleheath Woods, and finally try to win big at Mecca Croydon.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Croydon sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Dover to Croydon by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Croydon

Fun & Games Casinos Wildlife

Side Trips

Home of Charles Darwin Down House, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
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Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar ©
Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
Home of Charles Darwin Down House ©
Home of Charles Darwin Down House
Littleheath Woods ©
Littleheath Woods

3
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Mont Saint-Michel and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Falaises d'Etretat and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux day trip site .

Traveling by car from Croydon to Bayeux takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Croydon to Bayeux is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church
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Saint Catherine's Catholic Church ©
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

3
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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Montmartre for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker website .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime. Vieille Ville and Saint-Paul de Vence will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Vieux La Turbie (in La Turbie), Promenade du Soleil (in Menton) and Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of Thoronet, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, make a trip to Place Massena, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Nice hover around 76°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Haut de Cagnes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Promenade du Soleil, Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime
Highlights from your plan
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Abbaye du Thoronet ©
Abbaye du Thoronet

1
day
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Nice to Zermatt takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Nature Golf
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Golf Club Matterhorn ©
Golf Club Matterhorn

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