56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 10 nights
Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Menton
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Menton, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cannes, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
Train
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Grenoble, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Drive to Cauterets
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Cauterets, France
— 2 nights
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Paris Orly
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Paris, France
— 7 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Church of St. Peter are in your itinerary. Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil), Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and identify plant and animal life at Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also fly; or drive. March in Zurich sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Menton.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Maennlichen ©
Mountain
Maennlichen
4.7
Mt Pilatus ©
Wildlife Area
Mt Pilatus
4.7
Old Town ©
Neighborhood
Old Town
4.6

5
nights
Menton, France

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Get some historical perspective at La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and Cemetery of the Old Chateau. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Old Harbor (La Darse). Venture out of the city with trips to La Recreation Champetre (in Drap), Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste (in Coaraze) and Eze (La cité médiévale & Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, see the interesting displays at Musee des Coquillages, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum du Mont-Gros, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint Veran.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Menton online trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Zurich to Menton with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in March: high temperatures in Menton hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
La cité médiévale ©
Historic Site
La cité médiévale
4.5

7
nights
Cannes, France

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée Marc Chagall and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Tanneron (Massif du Tanneron & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois), Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus) and Nice (Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, Palais Lascaris, &more). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, visit Le Suquet, get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes road trip planning website.

You can drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Cannes, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Vieille Ville ©
Neighborhood
Vieille Ville
4.7
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Historic Walking Area
Saint-Paul de Vence
4.6
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Specialty Museum
Musée Marc Chagall
4.4

5
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Notre Dame de Consolation are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de la Clapiere and Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres), Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer) and Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, relax and rejuvenate at Aphrodite Spa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hyeres online trip builder.

You can drive from Cannes to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Hyeres sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Chateau de la Clapiere ©
History Museum
Chateau de la Clapiere
4.6

6
nights
Marseille, France

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Pont d'Avignon. Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Abbaye Saint Victor. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Cassis (Saint Michel Church, Trolib, &more), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, admire the masterpieces at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, explore the galleries of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Marseille

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Trolib ©
Must see
Trolib
4.7
Palais des Papes ©
World heritage site
Palais des Papes
4.3

7
nights
Grenoble, France

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Get some cultural insight at Musee Dauphinois and Musee de Grenoble. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Parc du Chateau de Vizille. Get out of town with these interesting Grenoble side-trips: Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors), Stations Village du Pays de la Meije (in La Grave) and Meribel (LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB, Lac de Tueda, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins, admire the striking features of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, hit the slopes at La Grave, and test your team's savvy at La Grande Evasion Chambery.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Marseille to Grenoble takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Marseille in April, expect Grenoble to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

6
nights
Lyon, France

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Eglise Saint Nizier for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Fourviere Hill and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges), Musee Claude Bernard (in Saint-Julien) and Pierre Pamole (in Vollore-Montagne). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Resonance Canyon, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, shop like a local with Galerie Estades Lyon, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planning app.

You can drive from Grenoble to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Lyon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Cauterets.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Musee Magnin ©
Specialty Museum
Musee Magnin
4.2
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
World heritage site
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
4.7
Fourviere Hill ©
Historic Walking Area
Fourviere Hill
4.8

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Cauterets, France

Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Caminando. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise des Templiers.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cauterets online vacation planner.

Getting from Lyon to Cauterets by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Cauterets

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Caminando ©
Must see
Caminando
4.9

7
nights
Paris, France

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Promenade des Petits Ponts (in Chevreuse) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris travel route app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cauterets to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Louvre Museum ©
Must see
Louvre Museum
4.6
Eiffel Tower ©
Must see
Eiffel Tower
4.5
Palace of Versailles ©
World heritage site
Palace of Versailles
4.0

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