24 days in France, Switzerland & Saarbrucken Itinerary

24 days in France, Switzerland & Saarbrucken Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Metz, France
— 1 night
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Saarbrucken, Germany
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 1 night
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Les Contamines-Montjoie, France
— 3 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 4 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de La Roche-Guyon and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Left Bank (Rive Gauche) and Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Domaine of Villarceaux (in Chaussy), Parc du Chateau de Nogent le Roi (in Nogent-le-Roi) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). The adventure continues: stroll through Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup, stop by Latin Quarter, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris route app.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Reims, France

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Foret Domaniale de Verzy, then head outdoors with Les Faux de Verzy, then visit a coastal fixture at Le Phare de Vezernay, and finally do a tasting at Champagne G.H. Martel & Co.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Reims travel planning tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Reims in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in June, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Reims. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Metz.

Things to do in Reims

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Metz, France

— 1 night

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Le Temple Neuf, explore the activities along Canal de la Moselle, then get engrossed in the history at Fort de Queuleu, then slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and finally contemplate the long history of Porte des Allemands.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Metz online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Reims to Metz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saarbrucken.

Things to do in Metz

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Saarbrucken, Germany

— 2 nights
Saarbrücken is the capital and largest city of the state of Saarland, Germany. On the 30th (Sat), hike along Litermont-Gipfeltour, examine the collection at Historical Museum Saar, and then see the interesting displays at Flugausstellung L.+P. Junior. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Basilika Saarbrucken, then head outdoors with Das Bad, then get outside with Stausee Losheim, and finally admire the sheer force of Saarburg Waterfall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Saarbrucken trip planner.

Traveling by car from Metz to Saarbrucken takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Saarbrucken

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, do a tasting at Jean-Marie Straub, then learn about winemaking at Maison Marcel Deiss, and finally stroll through La Volerie des Aigles. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Haut-Barr, enjoy breathtaking views from Chateau Fort de Fleckenstein, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort De Schoenenbourg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Abbey Sts Peter and Paul, and finally do a tasting at Vins d'Alsace Mosbach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Strasbourg trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Saarbrucken to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Saarbrucken in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Strasbourg, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, and then take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip planning website.

Getting from Strasbourg to Interlaken by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Strasbourg in July, expect nights in Interlaken to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Annecy.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Annecy, France

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, then stroll through Plage de Sevrier, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Annecy trip planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Annecy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Les Contamines-Montjoie.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

— 3 nights
Les Contamines-Montjoie is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.HistoryThe name of the village originates from ancient local dialect. Your inner history buff will appreciate Barrage et Site de Roselend and Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace. Take a break from the city and head to Little St Bernard Pass and Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy. Explore Les Contamines-Montjoie's surroundings by going to Cascade du Morel (in La Lechere), Cormet d'Areches (in Areches) and Combloux (Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Combloux & Combloux Ecological Moutain Lake). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Via Ferrata Yves Pollet-Villard and head outdoors with Air Passion Parapente.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Les Contamines-Montjoie online attractions planner.

Getting from Annecy to Les Contamines-Montjoie by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Annecy in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Les Contamines-Montjoie, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Chamonix.

Things to do in Les Contamines-Montjoie

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Chamonix, France

— 4 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reserve Naturelle and Musee de la Musique Mecanique. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Lumiere and Eglise de l'Assomption. Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Fantasticable (in Chatel), Bikepark Les Gets (in Les Gets) and Les Chalets D'Oche (in Saint-Paul-en-Chablais). There's still lots to do: hike along La Bourgeoise, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Michel, look for gifts at Le Refuge Payot, and explore the activities along Lac Cornu.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Les Contamines-Montjoie to Chamonix in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Garenne, step into the grandiose world of Prangins Castle, then examine the collection at Musee Ariana, and finally stroll through Plage de Port-Choiseul.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

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.