27 days in France, Switzerland & Amsterdam Itinerary

27 days in France, Switzerland & Amsterdam Itinerary

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27 days in France, Switzerland & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Fly:  5 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Lille, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Albert, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Chartres, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Saint-Malo, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Chinon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
12
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
13
Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
14
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
15
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
16
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Fly:  24 h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Foam - Photography Museum Amsterdam, then don't miss a visit to Riekermolen, then step into the grandiose world of Muiderslot, and finally don't miss a visit to De Gooyer Windmill. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, get engrossed in the history at DOMunder, step into the grandiose world of Slot Zuylen, then explore the historical opulence of Kasteel Groeneveld, and finally see the interesting displays at Mondial Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam vacation planner.

Liverpool, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Utrecht, Muiderslot, Kasteel Groeneveld, Mondial Museum
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Muiderslot ©
Muiderslot
Kasteel Groeneveld ©
Kasteel Groeneveld
Slot Zuylen ©
Slot Zuylen

1
night
Lille, France

Lille
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lille trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Lille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Lille sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Albert.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
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2
nights
Albert, France

Albert ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Australian Corps Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, stroll the grounds of Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bapaume Post Military Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Albert Communal Cemetery Extension. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Maison Familiale d'Henri Matisse, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cercamp, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Long Folie de Buissy, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Adelaide Cemetery.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Albert trip maker app .

You can take a train from Lille to Albert in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Albert, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chartres.

Things to do in Albert

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Cercamp, Maison Familiale d'Henri Matisse, Australian Corps Memorial, Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery, Somme American Cemetery and Memorial
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Australian Corps Memorial ©
Australian Corps Memorial
Chateau de Long Folie de Buissy ©
Chateau de Long Folie de Buissy
Somme American Cemetery and Memorial ©
Somme American Cemetery and Memorial

1
night
Chartres, France

Chartres ©
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to Les Fresques de Bel Air, see the interesting displays at Le Compa, then admire the striking features of L'Apostrophe, and finally explore the world behind art at Chapelle Saint Eman.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chartres trip itinerary planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Albert to Chartres. December in Chartres sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Chartres

Museums Historic Sites
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Le Compa ©
Le Compa
L'Apostrophe ©
L'Apostrophe
Les Fresques de Bel Air ©
Les Fresques de Bel Air

2
nights
Saint-Malo, France

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to La Grand' Porte, then contemplate the long history of Tour Bidouane, and then examine the collection at Le monde du coquillage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Bon-Secours, then stop by Macaron Chocolat PHILIPPE BOUVIER, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew, and finally walk around Parc de la Briantais.

To plan Saint-Malo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Chartres to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew
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Plage de Bon-Secours ©
Plage de Bon-Secours
Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew ©
Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew
Musee Jacques Cartier ©
Musee Jacques Cartier

2
nights
Chinon, France

Chinon ©
On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Sainte-Chapelle de Champigny sur Veude, learn about winemaking at Chateau du Petit Thouars, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin, then do a tasting at Pierre et Bertrand Couly, and finally explore the ancient world of Chapelle Sainte Radegonde.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chinon vacation planner .

Getting from Saint-Malo to Chinon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Chinon is a bit cooler than Saint-Malo - with highs of 8°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Chinon

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin
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Pierre et Bertrand Couly ©
Pierre et Bertrand Couly
Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin ©
Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin
Sainte-Chapelle de Champigny sur Veude ©

1
night
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Chinon to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites
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Prieure de Cayac ©
Prieure de Cayac
Chateau Saint Ahon ©
Chateau Saint Ahon
Chateau du Taillan ©
Chateau du Taillan

1
night
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 27th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Notre Dame du Cros, contemplate the long history of Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then look for gifts at Philippe Boccardi, Chocolatier, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planning site .

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
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Eglise St. Vincent ©
Eglise St. Vincent
Carcassonne Cathedral ©
Carcassonne Cathedral
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire ©
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire

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nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Fontaine des Quatre-Dauphins, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, explore the world behind art at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque, then get your game on at Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, and finally contemplate the long history of Les Lauves. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Cite du Livre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Saint-Esprit, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte ©
Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte
Eglise du Saint-Esprit ©
Eglise du Saint-Esprit
Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris ©

2
nights
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue ©
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a town and commune on the Sorgue river in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Les Fermiers En Herbe. On your second day here, stop by Florel en Provence, get a taste of the local shopping with Anne Virlange Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet et de la Poupee Ancienne, then see the interesting displays at Musee La Filaventure, and finally don't miss a visit to Cour des createurs de Lauris.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue itinerary planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in December, expect L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cour des createurs de Lauris
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Musee La Filaventure ©
Musee La Filaventure
Musee du Jouet et de la Poupee Ancienne ©
Campredon Centre d'Art ©
Campredon Centre d'Art

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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 1st (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier, and finally make a trip to Eglise Saint-Bonaventure.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip maker site .

Traveling by car from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums
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Eglise Saint Nizier ©
Eglise Saint Nizier
Eglise Saint-Bonaventure ©
Eglise Saint-Bonaventure
Eglise Saint Georges ©
Eglise Saint Georges

2
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Pont des Amours.

Before you visit Annecy, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Eglise Saint-Francois ©
Eglise Saint-Francois
Pont des Amours ©
Pont des Amours

1
night
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf, then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Cloitre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at L'Eglise St Vincent, get engrossed in the history at Musée de Montreux, appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, stroll around Promenade Sur Les Quais De Montreux, then pause for some photo ops at Allo Claude, and finally admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux day trip app .

You can drive from Annecy to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Eglise du Cloitre, Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune
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Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune ©
Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune
Eglise du Cloitre ©
Eglise du Cloitre
Eglise St Vincent ©
Eglise St Vincent

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, then step into the grandiose world of Oberhofen Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Oberhofen Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along BOHAG Helikopterrundflug, then get to know the fascinating history of Weissenau Castle, and then look for gifts at Mad Cow.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Interlaken trip website .

Traveling by car from Montreux to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Oberhofen Castle, Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen
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Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen ©
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen
Oberhofen Castle ©
Oberhofen Castle
Weissenau Castle ©
Weissenau Castle

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner .

Getting from Interlaken to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
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Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Museggmauer ©
Museggmauer

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day
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wasserkirche, then don't miss a visit to Sechselautenplatz, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Kyburg.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castle Kyburg
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Food Tours
Wasserkirche ©
Wasserkirche
Castle Kyburg ©
Castle Kyburg

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