52 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

52 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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52 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 8 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Riquewihr, France
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
3
Colmar, France
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 30​min
4
Rochefort en Terre, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Auray, France
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
train:  6​h 15​min
7
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
8
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 7 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
9
Nice, France
— 2 nights
train:  7​h 45​min
10
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
11
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
12
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
13
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  8​h 15​min
14
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
15
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
16
Bern, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
17
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
train:  2​h
End: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany


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8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chartres Cathedral and Trocadero. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fontainebleau (Chateau de Fontainebleau & Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau)), Versailles (Palace of Versailles & L'Orangerie) and Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Louvre Museum, walk around Parc des Buttes Chaumont, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online journey planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You will leave for Bordeaux on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chartres Cathedral, Chateau de Maintenon, Chateau de Pierrefonds
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

few
hours
Riquewihr, France

Riquewihr
Riquewihr is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Riquewihr online vacation planner .

Take a train from Paris to Riquewihr in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Riquewihr

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

1
night
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
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.
On the 17th (Mon), stroll through Route des Vins d'Alsace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, and then explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Domaine Viticole de la Ville de Colmar and then don't miss a visit to Old Town.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colmar trip website .

Colmar is just a short distance from Riquewihr. May in Colmar sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Rochefort en Terre.

Things to do in Colmar

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Old Town ©
Old Town
Eglise St-Martin ©
Eglise St-Martin

1
night
Rochefort en Terre, France

Rochefort en Terre
Rochefort-en-Terre is a commune in the Morbihan department of Brittany in north-western France.Rochefort-en-Terre is a designated “Petite Cité de Caractére”.The medieval chateau located in the town was the home of American painter Alfred Klots. To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rochefort en Terre road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Colmar to Rochefort en Terre in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Colmar in May, you will find days in Rochefort en Terre are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). You'll set off for Auray on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Rochefort en Terre

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Auray, France

Auray ©
Auray is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in northwestern France.Inhabitants of Auray are called Alréens.GeographyThe city is surrounded by the communes of Crac'h to the south and west, Brech to the north and Pluneret to the east. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Gildas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Sainte-Helene, hunt for treasures at Marche d'Auray, take a leisurely stroll along Port De St Goustan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle du Saint-Esprit, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Biscuiterie de Kerlann. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Golf Blue Green Saint-Laurent, make a trip to Mausolee de Cadoudal, and then ponder the world of politics at Hotel De Ville.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Auray trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Rochefort en Terre to Auray in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Auray

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golf Blue Green Saint-Laurent ©
Golf Blue Green Saint-Laurent
Port De St Goustan ©
Port De St Goustan
Eglise Saint-Gildas ©
Eglise Saint-Gildas

4
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip maker .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 58°F at night. On the 20th (Sun), you're off toMarseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Reignac
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac
Jardin Public ©
Jardin Public
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): head off the coast to Chateau d'If and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

7
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Room Escape Games. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, explore the activities along Lac de Saint Croix du Verdon, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence trip planner .

Aix-en-Provence is just a stone's throw from Marseille. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Vieil Aix ©
Vieil Aix

2
nights
Nice, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planning tool .

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in June: highs in Nice hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Annecy.

Things to do in Nice

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): partake in some friendly competition at Mysteres du Lac, then stroll around Parc Charles Bosson, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac d'Annecy. On your second day here, stroll through Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Annecy road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nice to Annecy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Annecy when traveling from Nice in June, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
Parc Charles Bosson ©
Parc Charles Bosson

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 8th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee Ariana, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva journey planner .

Traveling by car from Annecy to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Geneva are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Food Tours

2
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice) and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade de Montbenon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, then explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lausanne trip planner .

You can take a train from Geneva to Lausanne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne

2
nights
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 13th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen
Breithorn ©
Breithorn

3
nights
St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz ©
St.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Bernina, then get great views at Muottas Muragl, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, and finally admire the masterpieces at Berry Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Val Fex, enjoy some diversion at Olympia Bobrun, and then take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz trip builder website .

Take a train from Zermatt to St. Moritz in 8.5 hours. In June in St. Moritz, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

National Park Centre, Val Fex
Highlights from your plan
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Piz Bernina ©
Piz Bernina

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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 18th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm and then get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Interlaken trip app .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Interlaken in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Moritz in June, you will find days in Interlaken are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

4
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rose Garden (Rosengarten) and The Cathedral of Bern. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Ghost, explore the activities along Aare River, and contemplate the long history of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To find where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Bern trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Bern sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Old Town and Wasserkirche. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Limmatquai.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Limmatquai ©
Limmatquai
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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