9 days in France, Switzerland & Rivoli Itinerary

9 days in France, Switzerland & Rivoli Itinerary

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Rivoli, Italy
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Lyon, France
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Dijon, France
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Besancon, France
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Bern, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Bellinzona, Switzerland
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Rivoli, Italy

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Rivoli, is a comune (municipality) established around the 1st century CE, in the Metropolitan City of Turin in the Italian region Piedmont, about 14km west of Turin. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, browse the different shops at Shopville Le Gru, then walk around Parco Naturale del Monte San Giorgio, and finally walk around Parco Naturale dei Laghi di Avigliana.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rivoli trip maker app.

Bologna to Rivoli is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Bologna in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Rivoli, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Rivoli

Parks · Shopping · Museums

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Lyon, France

— 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Wed), stroll through Parc de Courzieu and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Rivoli to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rivoli in August, plan for little chillier nights in Lyon, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Dijon, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dijon online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Lyon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Dijon, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Besancon.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

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Besancon, France

— 1 night
Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy.
On the 12th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Jean de Besancon and then examine the collection at Parc Dino-Zoo.

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Getting from Dijon to Besancon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Besancon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Besancon

Museums · Historic Sites

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Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and finally admire the striking features of Central Railroad Station.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bern road trip planner.

You can drive from Besancon to Bern in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August in Bern, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then visit Old Town, and then admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Bellinzona, Switzerland

— 1 night
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 15th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Bellinzone, get engrossed in the history at Castello di Montebello, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bellinzona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Bellinzona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in August, Bellinzona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Museums
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.