56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

56 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 10 nights
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Menton, France
— 5 nights
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Cannes, France
— 7 nights
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Hyeres, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
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Grenoble, France
— 7 nights
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
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Cauterets, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Hofkirche are in your itinerary. Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil) and Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and identify plant and animal life at Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also fly; or drive. March in Zurich sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Menton.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Mountain
Maennlichen
4.7
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Wildlife Area
Mt Pilatus
4.7
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Neighborhood
Old Town
4.6

5
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Menton, France

Menton ©

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Get some historical perspective at La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and La cité médiévale. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Old Harbor (La Darse). Venture out of the city with trips to Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze (in Eze), La Recreation Champetre (in Drap) and Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste (in Coaraze). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, explore the world behind art at Villa les Camelias, contemplate the long history of Basilica St. Michel, and get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Menton trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zurich to Menton. In March, Menton is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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Historic Site
La cité médiévale
4.5

7
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Cannes, France

Cannes ©

Festival City

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée Marc Chagall and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus), Nice (Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, Palais Lascaris, &more) and Tanneron (Massif du Tanneron & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, visit Le Suquet, get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes road trip planning website.

You can drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Cannes, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Neighborhood
Vieille Ville
4.7
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Historic Walking Area
Saint-Paul de Vence
4.6
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Specialty Museum
Musée Marc Chagall
4.4

5
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Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Eglise Saint Louis are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de la Clapiere and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer), Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres) and Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Consolation, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip builder app.

Getting from Cannes to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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History Museum
Chateau de la Clapiere
4.6

6
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Marseille, France

Marseille ©

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes. Get some historical perspective at Pont d'Avignon and Abbaye Saint Victor. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)) and Cassis (Saint Michel Church, Trolib, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, admire the masterpieces at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, explore the galleries of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Marseille

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Must see
Trolib
4.7
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World heritage site
Palais des Papes
4.3

7
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Grenoble, France

Grenoble ©

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Get some cultural insight at Musee Dauphinois and Musee de Grenoble. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Musee Memoires d'Alpinismes. Get out of town with these interesting Grenoble side-trips: Meribel (LaTraceVerte - Meribel MTB, Lac de Tueda, &more), Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors) and Stations Village du Pays de la Meije (in La Grave). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins, admire the striking features of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, see the interesting displays at Parc du Chateau de Vizille, and admire the natural beauty at Domaine de Charance.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Marseille to Grenoble takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Marseille in April, expect Grenoble to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©

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.
Visit Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Fourviere Hill for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Vieux Lyon and Musee Magnin. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges), Pierre Pamole (in Vollore-Montagne) and Musee Claude Bernard (in Saint-Julien). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Resonance Canyon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nizier, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon online trip planner.

You can drive from Grenoble to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Lyon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cauterets.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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Specialty Museum
Musee Magnin
4.2
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World heritage site
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
4.7
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Historic Walking Area
Fourviere Hill
4.8

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Cauterets, France

Cauterets ©
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Caminando. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise des Templiers.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cauterets online vacation planner.

Getting from Lyon to Cauterets by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Cauterets

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Must see
Caminando
4.9

7
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Paris, France

Paris ©

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles) and Promenade des Petits Ponts (in Chevreuse). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Cauterets to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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Must see
Louvre Museum
4.6
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Must see
Eiffel Tower
4.5
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World heritage site
Palace of Versailles
4.0

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