Route & dates
32 days in The Netherlands, France & Swiss Alps Itinerary
Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly: 19 h 30 min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands— 7 nights
Train: 3 h 30 min
Paris, France— 7 nights
Fly: 3 h 30 min
Marseille, France— 5 nights
Drive: 2 h 15 min
Nice, France— 7 nights
Drive: 4 h
Lugano, Switzerland— 4 nights
Train + Fly: 21 h
End: Jakarta, Indonesia
Learn more about your trip
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Venice of the North
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Frans Hals Museum), Museum Prinsenhof Delft (in Delft) and The Hague (Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Jordaan, contemplate the long history of Museum Van Loon, admire the masterpieces at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam attractions planner.
Jakarta, Indonesia to Amsterdam is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Central European Time is minus 6 hours. In March, Amsterdam is much colder than Jakarta - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
Things to do in Amsterdam
Haarlem, The Hague, Museum Prinsenhof Delft
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 Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, visit Île de la Cité, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.
To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris driving holiday planner .
You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marseille.
Things to do in Paris
Gateway to Provence
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.Relax by the water at Plage de la Grande Mer and Plage De Peno. Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Musee Granet. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Caveau Xavier Vignon - Domaine de Beaumalric (in Beaumes-de-Venise), Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon) and Sentier du Littoral (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel.
For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille day trip planner .
Getting from Paris to Marseille by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.
Things to do in Marseille
Aix-en-Provence, Bandol, Avignon, Caveau Xavier Vignon - Domaine de Beaumalric, La Calanque de Figuerolles
Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)
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.Get some cultural insight at Vieille Ville and La Madone d'Utelle. Relax by the water at Promenade du Soleil and Bay Star Beach & Lounge. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon), Parc des Rives du Loup (in La Colle sur Loup) and Valbonne (Abbaye de Valbonne & Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, identify plant and animal life at L'aquarium Naturel des Flots Bleus, learn about winemaking at Le Petit Vigneau Winery, and head off the coast to Lérins Islands.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip planning tool .
You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lugano.
Things to do in Nice
Cannes, St-Laurent du Var, Villefranche-sur-Mer, St-Paul-de-Vence, Antibes
Monte Carlo of Switzerland
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.You'll explore and learn at Museo Della Civilta Contadina and Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Zust. Do some cultural sightseeing at Monte San Giorgio and Chiesa di San Michele. Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Chiesa di San Nicolao (in Giornico), Morbio Inferiore (Percorso del Cemento & Parco delle Gole della Breggia) and Lac de Claus (in Sedrun). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Intragna, delve into the lush surroundings at Naturreservat Bolle die Magadino, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro storico Gandria.
To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano route builder app .
Traveling by car from Nice to Lugano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in March, Lugano is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Lugano
Locarno, Morbio Inferiore, Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, Monte San Giorgio
34 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA May, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 35 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 35 days in France BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 33 days in Greece, France & Italy BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 35 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in France BY A USER FROM INDIA January, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy