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
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Carcassonne, France
— 6 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
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Cannes, France
— 7 nights
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Menton, France
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights

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Paris, France

Paris ©

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 d'Orsay. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and 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 striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris online tour planner.

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. In March, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

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Must see
Eiffel Tower
4.5
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Must see
Louvre Museum
4.6
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World heritage site
Palace of Versailles
4.0

6
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Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
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 Pegasus Memorial. Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Cimetières Militaires (in Ranville), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and La Roche d'Oetre (in Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:
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World heritage site
Mont Saint-Michel
4.3

6
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©

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 Beille & Chioula (in Les Cabannes), Mansathau (in Meze) and Montpellier (Bois de Montmaur & Musee Fabre). 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

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Ski Area
Beille & Chioula
4.2
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World heritage site
Cité de Carcassonne
4.5
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Religious Site
Basilique Saint-Sernin
4.6

5
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Marseille, France

Marseille ©

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 Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. 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 Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Trolib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, stop by The Panier, and see the interesting displays at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. March in Marseille sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

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Must see
Trolib
4.7
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World heritage site
Palais des Papes
4.3

6
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
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 Notre Dame de Consolation. Appreciate the collections at Chateau de la Clapiere and La Maison du Cygne. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole), Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer) 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, indulge in some personalized pampering at Villa des Flo, 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. 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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Historic Site
Chartreuse de la Verne
4.6
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History Museum
Chateau de la Clapiere
4.6

7
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©

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 Place Garibaldi for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus), St-Paul-de-Vence (Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs & Saint-Paul de Vence) and Nice (Cimetiere du Chateau, Vieille Ville, &more). 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. 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

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 7:
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Neighborhood
Vieille Ville
4.7
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Historic Walking Area
Saint-Paul de Vence
4.6
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Specialty Museum
Musée Marc Chagall
4.4

5
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Menton, France

Menton ©

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 La cité médiévale are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Menton side-trips: Musee des Coquillages (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), Villefranche-sur-Mer (Eglise & Old Harbor (La Darse)) and La Recreation Champetre (in Drap). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of the Old Chateau, 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. 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

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Historic Site
La cité médiévale
4.5

6
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©

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 Musee Dauphinois. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de Grenoble and Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Chapelle de Saint Vincent (in Saint-Laurent-d'Agny), Les Grottes de La Balme (in La Balme-les-Grottes) and Resonance Canyon (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, stop by Les Pin-Up de Marc Curial, see the interesting displays at Hotel-Dieu, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lyon route planner.

You can fly from Menton to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Menton in April since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 8°C. 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

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:
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History Museum
Musee Dauphinois
4.6
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World heritage site
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
4.7
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Historic Walking Area
Fourviere Hill
4.8

7
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©

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 Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen) and Maennlichen (in Grindelwald). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, take a tour by water with Peakdivers, admire the landmark architecture of Church of St. Peter, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich holiday maker.

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. When traveling from Lyon in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Zurich, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 25:
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Wildlife Area
Mt Pilatus
4.7
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Neighborhood
Old Town
4.6

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