56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 10 nights
Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Menton
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Menton, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cannes, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
Train
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Grenoble, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Drive to Cauterets
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Cauterets, France
— 2 nights
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Paris Orly
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Paris, France
— 7 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 10 nights

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: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil) and Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen). 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

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 11:

Menton, France

— 5 nights

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 Old Harbor (La Darse). Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste (in Coaraze), La Recreation Champetre (in Drap) 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, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum du Mont-Gros, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint Veran.

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

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 16:

Cannes, France

— 7 nights

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 Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Place Garibaldi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Tanneron (Massif du Tanneron & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois), Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus) and Nice (Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, Palais Lascaris, &more). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, identify plant and animal life at L'aquarium Naturel des Flots Bleus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, and explore the world behind art at Musee National Fernand-Leger.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cannes trip builder app.

You can drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. 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

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 23:

Hyeres, France

— 5 nights
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 Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer), Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole) and Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Consolation, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip builder app.

Getting from Cannes to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:

Marseille, France

— 6 nights

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 Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Cassis (Saint Michel Church, Trolib, &more) and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles). 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; or take a bus. 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

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:

Grenoble, France

— 7 nights

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: Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors), Meribel (LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB, Lac de Tueda, &more) and Stations Village du Pays de la Meije (in La Grave). 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 take a train; or 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

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 10:

Lyon, France

— 6 nights

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 Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Fourviere Hill and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Claude Bernard (in Saint-Julien), Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges) and Pierre Pamole (in Vollore-Montagne). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Resonance Canyon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nizier, shop like a local with Galerie Estades Lyon, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planning app.

You can drive from Grenoble to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Cauterets.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 16:

Cauterets, France

— 2 nights
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

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
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Paris, France

— 7 nights

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 Palace of Versailles. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Montmartre. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Promenade des Petits Ponts (in Chevreuse) and The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cauterets to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 25:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.