22 days in Switzerland, Bourges & Paris Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland, Bourges & Paris Itinerary

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22 days in Switzerland, Bourges & Paris Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, United States
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  15​h
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Bellinzona, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Brig, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Montreux, Switzerland
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
6
Bourges, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Fort Lauderdale, United States

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
When in Lucerne, make a side trip to see Titlis in Engelberg, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and make a trip to The Nine Towers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne holiday planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. In May, Lucerne is much colder than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Titlis ©
Titlis

4
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thunersee (in Thun) and Creux du Van (in Neuchatel). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Aare River, admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Dahlholzli, and take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bern travel route planner.

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Another option is to drive. In May in Bern, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Creux du Van, Thunersee
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Gurten ©
Gurten

3
nights
Bellinzona, Switzerland

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Bellinzona is known for historic sites, outdoors, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, head outdoors with San Bernardino Pass, admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bellinzona trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Bern to Bellinzona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bern in May, Bellinzona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Brig.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monte Tamaro, Falconeria Locarno
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Monte Tamaro ©
Monte Tamaro

2
nights
Brig, Switzerland

Brig ©
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Stockalper Palace, don't miss a visit to Simplon Pass, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Musee du safran.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brig trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Bellinzona to Brig in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bellinzona in May, with highs in Brig at 63°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Brig

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aletsch Glacier, Musee du safran, Riederalp, Oeschinen Lake
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Simplon Pass ©
Simplon Pass

3
nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, try to win big at Casino de Montreux, then see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, then take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Vladimir Nabokov. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Montreux trip planner .

Drive from Brig to Montreux in 1.5 hours. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bourges.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Gruyeres Castle, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

2
nights
Bourges, France

Bourges ©
For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the striking features of Palais Jacques-Coeur, then make a trip to Les Nuits Lumiere, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Etienne, and finally make a trip to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musee du Materiel, then head outdoors with Le marais de Bourges, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Barbe.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bourges trip maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Montreux to Bourges with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Bourges can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale St-Etienne ©
Cathedrale St-Etienne
Palais Jacques-Coeur ©
Palais Jacques-Coeur
Le Jardin de l'Archeveche ©
Le Jardin de l'Archeveche

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Bourges to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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