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
— 9 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 8 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Train
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Grenoble, France
— 5 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
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Paris, France
— 8 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Old Town. Your inner history buff will appreciate Friedhof Fluntern and Hofkirche. Venture out of the city with trips to Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil) and Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, take a spin around town with hike.ch, identify plant and animal life at Heiternplatz, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary app.

Paris, France to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

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

8
nights
Nice, France

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.
Let the collections at Palais Lascaris and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice capture your imagination. Visit Vieille Ville and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Menton (Cemetery of the Old Chateau & La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs), Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Promenade Le Corbusier & Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) and Cannes (Le Suquet, La Croisette, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nice journey planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in March, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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

6
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. Visit Vieille Ville and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate La Maison du Cygne and Le musée de l’Annonciade. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Les Murs Vegetaux (in Gassin), Sainte-Maxime (Galerie Regard, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at La Route du Sel, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, relax and rejuvenate at Tanaka Spa, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hyeres trip builder website.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Hyeres are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Vieille Ville ©
Historic Walking Area
Vieille Ville
4.5

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Appreciate the collections at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Fondation Vasarely. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)) and Cassis (Peche. Calanques. Com & Trolib). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Hunt, and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March in Marseille, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a 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

5
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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 Archaeological Museum. Appreciate the collections at Musee de Grenoble and Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Promenade le Lac du Lou (in Les Menuires), Ski Cool (in Val Thorens) and La Grande Evasion Chambery (in Saint-Jeoire-Prieure). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Tueda, surround yourself with nature on LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB, head outdoors with Parcours Aventure, and fly down the slopes at Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grenoble tour itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Marseille to Grenoble in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in March; daily highs in Grenoble reach 13°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Fourviere Hill. Popular historic sites such as Vieux Lyon and Basilique d'Ars are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Musee des traditions bugistes (in Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey), Resonance Canyon (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour) and Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges). There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lyon tour planner.

Drive from Grenoble to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cauterets.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

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 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Dungeon of Eagles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Piétat, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Felix de Gerone, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Saturnin. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise des Templiers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chemin de Croix Et Creches de L'eglise Notre Dame, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Assomption.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cauterets road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Lyon to Cauterets takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Cauterets

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Bayeux, France

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Popular historic sites such as Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux War Cemetery are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Memorial de Caen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Cabane Vauban (in Carolles), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and make a trip to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Cauterets to Bayeux in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Mont Saint-Michel ©
World heritage site
Mont Saint-Michel
4.3

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Fondation Claude Monet. Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Arc de Triomphe ©
Must see
Arc de Triomphe
4.6
Louvre Museum ©
Must see
Louvre Museum
4.6
Eiffel Tower ©
Must see
Eiffel Tower
4.5

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