16 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  4 h 30 min
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  26 h
End: Brisbane, Australia

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, stop by La Cave de Stephane, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 26- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Nice is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in April, things will get a bit cooler in Nice: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and then contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, then visit The Panier, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Marseille are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence
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Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
The Panier ©
The Panier
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip app.

You can take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Titlis and Old Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Uetliberg Mountain, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Paris to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zurich, Titlis
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain
Old Town ©
Old Town

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