16 days in Switzerland, Paris & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, Paris & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland, Paris & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  12 h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
4
Le Lavandou, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
6
Avignon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  10 h 45 min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
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 25th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, then head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and finally kick back and relax at Paris Plage. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris online tour itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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.
On the 27th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, and then kick back and relax at Paloma Beach. On the next day, take a stroll through La Croisette and then get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence.

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Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Cannes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in June since evenings lows in Cannes dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Beaches Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa Kerylos, Paloma Beach, Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos

2
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): go for a walk through St. Tropez Harbor, choose your vessel at Le Brigantin II, and then stop by La maison des confitures. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Galerie Regard, then see the interesting displays at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and then stroll through Plage de Pampelonne.

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You can drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Cannes, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Tropez, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Galerie Regard
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Galerie Regard ©
Galerie Regard

2
nights
Le Lavandou, France

Le Lavandou ©
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then kick back and relax at Plage de Cavaliere, and then get outside with Jet 007. On the next day, take a tour by water with Melee Voiles, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Estagnol, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Jean Blanc.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Le Lavandou road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Le Lavandou takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in June, expect nights in Le Lavandou to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hyeres, Plage de l'Estagnol
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Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

1
night
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Les Docks Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Le Lavandou to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Les Docks Village ©
Les Docks Village

1
night
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes and then pick up some local products at Travel in Provence.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Avignon journey planner.

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Travel in Provence
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Travel in Provence ©
Travel in Provence
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

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nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Nicolas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, identify plant and animal life at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then step into the grandiose world of Church-Fortress of Valere, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tourbillon.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Montreux travel planner.

Drive from Avignon to Montreux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sion, Place de la Palud, Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica

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night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofkirche, explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ufschotti Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner .

You can drive from Montreux to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Lucerne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse and then kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Mythenquai and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Zurich sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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