52 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

52 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 8 nights
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Riquewihr, France
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Rochefort en Terre, France
— 1 night
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Auray, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 7 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Paris, France

— 8 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Fontainebleau and Orléans Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds), Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & L'Orangerie). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Place des Vosges, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Riquewihr.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Riquewihr, France

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 other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Riquewihr trip planning website.

Fly from Paris to Riquewihr in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 17th (Mon), you're off to Colmar.

Things to do in Riquewihr

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors

Colmar, France

— 1 night

Little Venice

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Route des Vins d'Alsace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, and then get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Domaine Viticole de la Ville de Colmar and then make a trip to Old Town.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colmar online sightseeing planner.

Colmar is just a short distance from Riquewihr. In May, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Rochefort en Terre.

Things to do in Colmar

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Rochefort en Terre, France

— 1 night
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. For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rochefort en Terre trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Rochefort en Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Colmar in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rochefort en Terre: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 19th (Wed), you're off to Auray.

Things to do in Rochefort en Terre

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Auray, France

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Gildas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Sainte-Helene, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche d'Auray, then take a leisurely stroll along Port De St Goustan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle du Saint-Esprit, and finally revel in the low prices at Biscuiterie de Kerlann. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): play a few rounds at Golf Blue Green Saint-Laurent, then make a trip to Mausolee de Cadoudal, and then ponder the world of politics at Hotel De Ville.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Auray using our trip planner.

Take a train from Rochefort en Terre to Auray in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Auray are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Auray

Golf · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Bordeaux, France

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jardin Public and Basilique Saint-Michel. Step out of Bordeaux to go to Saint-Loubes and see Chateau de Reignac, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse and walk around Parc de Majolan.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Auray to Bordeaux takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Auray in May, with highs in Bordeaux at 70°F and lows at 52°F. You will leave for Marseille on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Marseille, France

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): head off the coast to Chateau d'If and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Marseille by train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or 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 enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 7 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore hidden gems such as Vieil Aix and Room Escape Games. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, learn about winemaking at Chateau La Coste en Provence, stroll around Terrain des Peintres (Painters Park), and examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Nice, France

— 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Fri), wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in June, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): partake in some friendly competition at Mysteres du Lac, walk around Parc Charles Bosson, and then explore the activities along Lake Annecy. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Annecy trip itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Nice to Annecy in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in June since evenings lows in Annecy dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 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 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Annecy to Geneva in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June in Geneva, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Esplanade de Montbenon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, then admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lausanne trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Lausanne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zermatt day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature

St. Moritz, Switzerland

— 3 nights
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Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Bernina, then admire all the interesting features of 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: go for a walk through Val Fex, then have fun at Olympia Bobrun, and then get great views at Diavolezza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Zermatt to St. Moritz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a tram. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks · Nature · Trails · Scenic Drive

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.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm and then have some family-friendly fun at Adventure Park Seilpark Interlaken.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planner.

You can take a train from St. Moritz to Interlaken in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Moritz in June: highs in Interlaken hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Adventure

Bern, Switzerland

— 4 nights

City of Bears

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 The Cathedral of Bern and Rose Garden (Rosengarten). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, appreciate the history behind Zahringerbrunnen, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and examine the collection at Museum of Communication.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Bern, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 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 · Neighborhoods

Zurich, Switzerland

— 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Old Town and Parkanlage Zuerihorn. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, stop by Schanzengraben Canal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

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.