59 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

59 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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59 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Menton, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cannes, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Hendaye, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Bordeaux, France
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  8​h
7
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Rouen, France
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland


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6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Museum Rietberg. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Axalp (in Brienz), Heiternplatz (in Zofingen) and Biosphaere Entlebuch (in Lucerne). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich journey maker site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Zurich are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Menton.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Interlaken, Naturstation Silberweide, Grindelwald-First, Landsgemeindeplatz, Klingende Sammlung
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
nights
Menton, France

Menton ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore La Maison du Portal and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Your inner history buff will appreciate Église Saint Veran and Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Lou Ferouil (in Gilette), Chateau-Musee Tourrette-Levens (in Tourrette-Levens) and Les lacs de prals (in Saint Martin-Vesubie). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum du Mont-Gros, contemplate the long history of Villa Santo Sospir, explore the historical opulence of Ruines de Rocca Sparviera, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Menton trip maker site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Utelle, Coaraze, Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Highlights from your plan
Église Saint Veran ©
Église Saint Veran
La Madone d'Utelle ©
La Madone d'Utelle

6
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Parc des Rives du Loup (in La Colle sur Loup), Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole) and Nice (Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, St Nicholas Cathedral, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, head off the coast to Lérins Islands, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nice, Frejus, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, St-Paul-de-Vence, Cagnes-sur-Mer
Highlights from your plan
Parc des Rives du Loup ©
Parc des Rives du Loup
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

6
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palais des Papes and Abbaye Saint Victor. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Porquerolles Island), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Le Lavandou) and Hyeres (Eglise Saint Louis & La Route du Sel). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, trek along Sentier du Littoral, identify plant and animal life at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

Discover how to plan a Aix-en-Provence trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Cannes to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hendaye.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arles, Hyeres, La Ciotat, Marseille, Les Gorges de Regalon
Highlights from your plan
Le Sentier Du Lezard ©
Le Sentier Du Lezard
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

6
nights
Hendaye, France

Hendaye ©
Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Maytie d'Andurain and Chapelle Sainte-Anne. Get some historical perspective at Eglise Saint-Vincent-Diacre and Notre Dame de l'Assomption. Venture out of the city with trips to Lac Mouriscot (in Biarritz), Eglise Saint-Etienne. (in Urcuit) and Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de l'Uhabia (in Arcangues). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Corniche Basque, contemplate the waterfront views at Baie de Txigundi, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in nature's colorful creations at Espace Chemins Bideak.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hendaye online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Hendaye in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. March in Hendaye sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Hendaye

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cambo les Bains, Mauleon-Licharre, Urt, Bidart, Eglise Saint-Cyprien
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Maytie d'Andurain ©
Chateau de Maytie d'Andurain
Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Belloc. ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Belloc.
Château de Mauléon ©
Château de Mauléon

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee du Chai de Lardimalie and Musee Andre Voulgre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Belingard and Moulin de la Rouzique. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau L'Eveques (in Chateau-l'Eveque), chateau de Sauveboeuf (in Montignac) and Cendrieux (Maquis de Durestal & Musee Napoleon). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Chancelade, explore the historical opulence of Château de Montréal, and get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord.

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

You can drive from Hendaye to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Perigueux, Couze-et-Saint-Front, Le Teich, Cendrieux, chateau de Sauveboeuf
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Belingard ©
Chateau Belingard
Musee du Chai de Lardimalie ©
Musee du Chai de Lardimalie
Musee Andre Voulgre ©
Musee Andre Voulgre

4
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mont Saint-Michel and Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maison de l'Artichaut and Musee de la poterie normande. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Domfront (Chateau de Domfront, Eglise Notre-Dame-sur-l'Eau, & more), Ecomusee du Moulin de la See (in Brouains) and Musee du poire (in Barenton). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at les etangs du val de See, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Aubert, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Menil-Gondouin.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bordeaux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bordeaux in April: highs in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Domfront, Villedieu-les-Poeles, Le Parc-Musee du Granit, Basilique Saint-Gervais d'Avranches, Domaine de Courson
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee du poire ©
Musee du poire

6
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee de Quineville. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Mare de Vauville (in Vauville), Orglandes (Cimetiere Militaire Allemand & German War Cemetery) and Eglise Notre-Dame de la Delivrande (in La Glacerie). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Dunes d'Hattainville, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and take a peaceful walk through Les Goges de Villiers.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Bayeux vacation planning app .

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Falaise, Colleville-sur-Mer, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Fours a Chaux du Rey - Musee Maritime, Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

6
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Chateau de Martainville are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Musee De La Verrerie. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Eglise Saint-Germain (in Rugles), Parc et Jardin du Chateau de Vandrimare (in Vandrimare) and L'Arche Feline (in Vascoeuil). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Caresse de Tigre, take a peaceful walk through Le Bois des Aigles, admire the masterpieces at Centre d'Art Contemporain Matmut, and walk around Maison du Parc des Boucles de la Seine.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Martainville-Epreville, Blangy-sur-Bresle, Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, Caresse de Tigre, Manoir de l'Aumonerie, dit Ferme des Templiers
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee de la Corderie Vallois ©
Musee de la Corderie Vallois

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Chambord, Palace of Versailles, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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