56 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

56 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cannes, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Menton, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Train to Basel SBB, Bus to Mulhouse, Fly to Paris Orly

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee de l'Orangerie. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Eglise Notre-Dame En Sa Nativite (in Voisins-le-Bretonneux) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing tool.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Memorial de Caen. Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux War Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Ranville (Cimetières Militaires & Pegasus Memorial), La Roche d'Oetre (in Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip maker tool.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Carcassonne, France

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee des Augustins and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Montpellier (Bois de Montmaur & Musee Fabre), Mansathau (in Meze) and Beille & Chioula (in Les Cabannes). And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of Reserve Africaine de Sigean, explore the striking landscape at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bayeux in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carcassonne, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain and Musee Angladon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Abbaye Saint Victor. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Trolib, wander the streets of The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online route planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

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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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Chateau de la Clapiere. Appreciate the collections at La Maison du Cygne and Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer), Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole) and Paroisse de Ramatuelle (in Ramatuelle). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, stroll through Sentier du Littoral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Certosa di La Verne, and hike along Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Hyeres route planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. March in Hyeres sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Musée Marc Chagall and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Visit Lérins Islands and Vieille Ville for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to St-Paul-de-Vence (Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs & Saint-Paul de Vence), Nice (Cimetiere du Chateau, Place Garibaldi, &more) and Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, trek along Massif du Tanneron, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cannes trip planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Menton.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and Cemetery of the Old Chateau are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: Villefranche-sur-Mer (Eglise & Old Harbor (La Darse)), Musee des Coquillages (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) and La cité médiévale (in Eze). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, and explore the world behind art at La Maison du Portal.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Menton attractions app.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Menton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Menton sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Dauphinois and Musee de Grenoble. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Les Grottes de La Balme (in La Balme-les-Grottes), Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere (in Grenoble) and Resonance Canyon (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, pause for some photo ops at La forteresse de Saint-Maurice, get a taste of the local shopping with Les Pin-Up de Marc Curial, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon journey planner.

You can fly from Menton to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Menton in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Lyon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. You'll explore and learn at Landesmuseum and Museum POST AB!. Venture out of the city with trips to Maennlichen (in Grindelwald), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried, visit Old Town, examine the collection at Museum des Landes Glarus - Freulerpalast, and take in the exciting artwork at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip maker app.

Getting from Lyon to Zurich by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Lyon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 25:

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.