56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 10 nights
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Menton, France
— 5 nights
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Cannes, France
— 7 nights
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Hyeres, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
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Grenoble, France
— 7 nights
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
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Cauterets, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Museggmauer are in your itinerary. Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen), Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and identify plant and animal life at Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also fly; or drive. March in Zurich sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Menton.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Mountain
Maennlichen
4.7
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Wildlife Area
Mt Pilatus
4.7
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Neighborhood
Old Town
4.6

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.
Get some historical perspective at La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and Basilica St. Michel. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cemetery of the Old Chateau. Venture out of the city with trips to La Recreation Champetre (in Drap), Villefranche-sur-Mer (Old Harbor (La Darse) & Eglise) and Eze (La cité médiévale & Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, see the interesting displays at Musee des Coquillages, admire the masterpieces at La Maison du Portal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Menton online trip itinerary maker.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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Historic Site
La cité médiévale
4.5

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée Marc Chagall and Palais Lascaris. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Tanneron (Massif du Tanneron & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois), Nice (Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, La Cave de Stephane, &more) and Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, visit Le Suquet, get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes road trip planning website.

You can drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Cannes, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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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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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. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Eglise Saint Louis are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de la Clapiere and Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer), Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres) and Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Consolation, take in the dramatic natural features at Presqu'ile de Giens, and trek along Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hyeres online trip builder.

You can drive from Cannes to Hyeres in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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History Museum
Chateau de la Clapiere
4.6

6
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Pont d'Avignon. Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles), Cassis (Saint Michel Church, Trolib, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, admire the masterpieces at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Marseille

Side Trips

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Must see
Trolib
4.7
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World heritage site
Palais des Papes
4.3

7
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Grenoble, France

Grenoble ©

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Get some cultural insight at Musee Dauphinois and Musee du Tisserand Dauphinois. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de Grenoble and Musee Memoires d'Alpinismes. Get out of town with these interesting Grenoble side-trips: Stations Village du Pays de la Meije (in La Grave), Meribel (LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB, Lac de Tueda, &more) and Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, stroll through Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School, head outdoors with Parcours Aventure, and test your problem-solving skills at La Grande Evasion Chambery.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grenoble road trip tool.

Take a train from Marseille to Grenoble in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in April: high temperatures in Grenoble hover around 19°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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.
Visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Fourviere Hill for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Vieux Lyon and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Venture out of the city with trips to Pierre Pamole (in Vollore-Montagne), Musee Claude Bernard (in Saint-Julien) and Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Resonance Canyon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nizier, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon online trip planner.

You can drive from Grenoble to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Lyon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cauterets.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Specialty Museum
Musee Magnin
4.2
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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

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Cauterets, France

Cauterets ©
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Caminando. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise des Templiers.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cauterets online vacation planner.

Getting from Lyon to Cauterets by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Cauterets

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Must see
Caminando
4.9

7
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles) and Promenade des Petits Ponts (in Chevreuse). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Cauterets to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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