16 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle, France
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 21st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), then steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection, and finally make a trip to The Nine Towers.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip builder tool.

Tucson, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Tucson to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tucson in May, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Lucerne: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): head outdoors with Promenade du Paillon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then wander the streets of Place Rossetti, and finally cruise along Tete de Chien. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, steep yourself in history at Ville medieval, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Tourrettes-sur-Loup.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice road trip app.

Getting from Lucerne to Nice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in Nice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Marseille, France

— 5 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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille and Musee du Petit Palais. Eglise St-Trophime and Abbaye de Montmajour will appeal to history buffs. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) (in Arles), Aix-en-Provence (Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Wine Safari). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Marseille road trip app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 30:

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.
On the 30th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, stop by 1st Arrondissement, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and finally wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Paris by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, Paris is little chillier than Marseille - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Museums
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La Rochelle, France

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Clocher Observatoire and Rue Sur-les-Murs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Louvois (in Bourcefranc le Chapus) and Musee National de la Marine (in Rochefort). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, see the interesting displays at Abbaye des Chateliers, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle visit site.

Take a train from Paris to La Rochelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

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.