21 days in France, Domodossola & Zurich Itinerary

21 days in France, Domodossola & Zurich Itinerary

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Domodossola, Italy
— 4 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Biarritz, France
— 7 nights


Domodossola, Italy — 4 nights

Domodossola is a city and comune in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, in the region of Piedmont, northern Italy. Get out of town with these interesting Domodossola side-trips: Santuario di Oropa (in Oropa), Premia Terme (in Premia) and Sacro Monte (in Varallo). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lago del Vannino, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiata dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, take in the spiritual surroundings of SANTUARIO della MADONNA della NEVE, and contemplate the long history of Sacred Mount Calvary of Domodossola.

To find out how to plan a trip to Domodossola, use our trip itinerary maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to Domodossola is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Traveling from Zurich in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Domodossola, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Hofkirche, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Domodossola to Zurich takes 4 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Domodossola in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Marseille, France — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, &more), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Marseille day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in August; daily highs in Marseille reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Biarritz.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Biarritz, France — 7 nights

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Biarritz: Hendaye (Chateau Observatoire Abbadia & Plage d'Hendaye), River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray) and Digue de Socoa (in Ciboure). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour of Hermione - La Fayette, sample the tasty concoctions at La Superbe, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium de Biarritz.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Biarritz trip maker tool.

Fly from Marseille to Biarritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in August: highs in Biarritz hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sun) before leaving for home.
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
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France travel guide

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.