8 days in Switzerland, Paris & Normandy Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland, Paris & Normandy Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland, Paris & Normandy Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Bus + Subway:  15​h
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): wander the streets of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Lion Monument and then fly down the slopes at Titlis.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne road trip tool .

Washington DC, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Lucerne. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in April, with highs in Lucerne at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Old Town, Titlis
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Chantilly, then wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lucerne to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chateau de Chantilly
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum. Normandy American Cemetery and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to Church of Angoville-Au-Plain in Angoville-Au-Plain, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and witness the site of a historic battle at Croix de Guerre 5th Engineer Special Brigade.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 40°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Pointe du Hoc, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Omaha Beach
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Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

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