27 days in France, Switzerland & Amsterdam Itinerary

27 days in France, Switzerland & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Lille, France
— 1 night
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Albert, France
— 2 nights
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Chartres, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo, France
— 2 nights
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Chinon, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Foam - Photography Museum Amsterdam, don't miss a visit to Riekermolen, then explore the historical opulence of Muiderslot, and finally don't miss a visit to De Gooyer Windmill. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, get engrossed in the history at DOMunder, then explore the historical opulence of Slot Zuylen, then step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Groeneveld, and finally examine the collection at Mondial Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online trip planner.

Liverpool, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

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Lille, France

Cultural Heart of Northern France

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 find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lille travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Lille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Lille, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Albert.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

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Albert, France

On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Australian Corps Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, then 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 explore the different monuments and memorials at Albert Communal Cemetery Extension. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Maison Familiale d'Henri Matisse, then explore the historical opulence 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 other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Albert online holiday planner.

Drive from Lille to Albert in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Albert can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Albert

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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Chartres, France

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, then see the interesting displays at Le Compa, then admire the landmark architecture of L'Apostrophe, and finally explore the world behind art at Chapelle Saint Eman.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chartres online road trip planner.

Getting from Albert to Chartres by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Chartres are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Chartres

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

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Saint-Malo, France

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Grand' Porte, 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): stroll through Plage de Bon-Secours, stop by Patisserie Chocolaterie Philippe BOUVIER, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew, and finally walk around Parc de la Briantais.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Chartres to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chinon.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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Chinon, France

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Sainte-Chapelle de Champigny sur Veude, learn about winemaking at Chateau du Petit Thouars, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin, then do a tasting at Pierre et Bertrand Couly, and finally delve into the distant past at Chapelle Sainte Radegonde.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chinon trip maker website.

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. Traveling from Saint-Malo in December, expect Chinon to be a bit cooler, temps between 8°C and 2°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Chinon

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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Bordeaux, France

The Port of the Moon

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.
On the 25th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux holiday planner.

Getting from Chinon to Bordeaux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and car. 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 drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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Carcassonne, France

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Notre Dame du Cros, contemplate the long history of Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, then pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, then stop by Philippe Boccardi, Artisan Chocolatier, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne visit planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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Aix-en-Provence, France

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 28th (Sat), ponder the design of Fontaine des Quatre-Dauphins, pause for some serene contemplation 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 steep yourself in history at Les Lauves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Cite du Livre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Saint-Esprit, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Aix-en-Provence vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

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, look for gifts at Florel en Provence, shop like a local with Anne Virlange Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet et de la Poupee Ancienne, then examine the collection at Musee La Filaventure - Brun de Vian-Tiran, and finally make a trip to Cour des createurs de Lauris.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue takes an hour. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in December, things will get a bit cooler in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Lyon.

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

Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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Lyon, France

Culinary Capital of France

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), take an in-depth tour of Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nizier, and finally make a trip to Eglise Saint-Bonaventure.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lyon online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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Annecy, France

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to Pont des Amours.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Annecy trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lyon to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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Montreux, Switzerland

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Cloitre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Vincent, take an in-depth tour of Musée de Montreux, appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, walk around Promenade Sur Les Quais De Montreux, then appreciate the history behind Allo Claude, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Marche couvert de Montreux.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Montreux holiday maker app.

You can take a train from Annecy to Montreux in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

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Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, then step into the grandiose world of Oberhofen Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche. On your second day here, cruise along BOHAG Helikopterrundflug, delve into the distant past at Weissenau Castle, and then look for gifts at Mad Cow.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Montreux to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Interlaken are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Interlaken to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 8th (Wed), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, then make a trip to Sechselautenplatz, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Kyburg.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip maker website.

You can take a train from Lucerne to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

France travel guide

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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.

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.