18 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: Patong, Thailand
Bus + Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Subway + Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  19 h
End: Patong, Thailand

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerlandfor plenty of shopping. Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Tram-Museum Zurich will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, visit Schanzengraben Canal, make a trip to Niederdorf, and head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip tool .

Patong, Thailand to Zurich is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Patong to Zurich. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Patong in April: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Au Peninsula, Air Force Center
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 23rd (Thu), wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, then take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Luzern, and finally explore the galleries of Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Luzern, then see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. April in Lucerne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Glasi Hergiswil
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Visit Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planning app .

Do a combination of train and flight from Lucerne to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Bayeux War Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pegasus Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage) and Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique (in Ouistreham). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, take an in-depth tour of Musee Baron Gerard, and witness the site of a historic battle at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip builder site .

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ranville, Musee de la Batterie de Merville, Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, Eglise Saint-Pierre
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Artichaut, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, steep yourself in history at Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, then don't miss a visit to Tour de L'Arcade, then don't miss a visit to Tour Gabriel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Aubert. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Pointe du Roc, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Richard Anacreon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame du Cap Lihou, then get great views at Cabane Vauban, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour Boucle.

Make your Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. May in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Granville, Cabane Vauban
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Chapelle Saint-Aubert ©
Chapelle Saint-Aubert
Pointe du Roc ©
Pointe du Roc

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Saint-Paul de Vence and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Appreciate the collections at Palais Lascaris and Musee de la Photographie Charles Negre. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, hunt for treasures at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Ville medieval
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Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Monastère de Cimiez ©
Monastère de Cimiez

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