59 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

59 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 6 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France
— 4 nights
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Avignon, France
— 6 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 6 nights
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Paris, France

— 7 nights

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 Sainte-Chapelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique)), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. June in Paris sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Bayeux, France

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Abbey d’Ardenne, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux tour planner.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bayeux, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 14:

Carcassonne, France

— 6 nights

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.
Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathar Castles and O'Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, &more), Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean) and Toulouse (Cite de l'espace, Musee Georges Labit, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

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Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in June; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France

— 4 nights
Visit Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Castelnaud for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Beynac and Musee Murat. Explore Castelnaud-la-Chapelle's surroundings by going to Musee Zadkine (in Les Arques) and Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac (in Salviac).

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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Avignon, France

— 6 nights

City of Popes

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee du Petit Palais. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palais des Papes and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Eglise St-Trophime, &more) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 30:

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 6 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Paul Cezanne’s Studio and Musee Granet. Get some cultural insight at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and The Panier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, Cathédrale La Major, &more), Cassis (Calanque de Port-Miou & Trolib) and La Calanque de Figuerolles (in La Ciotat). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris.

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Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 6:

Hyeres, France

— 6 nights
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chartreuse de la Verne and Chateau de la Clapiere. Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Chateau de Grimaud. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Saint-Tropez (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, &more), Atlantide (in Bandol) and Rade de Toulon (in Toulon). The adventure continues: stroll through La Route du Sel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Consolation, stop by Port Grimaud, and steep yourself in history at Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hyeres trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hyeres are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 12:

Saint-Raphael, France

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Rail Tours (in Menton). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and discover the deep blue sea with TakSea.

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Getting from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Nice, France

— 7 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You'll explore and learn at Musée Marc Chagall and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Le Suquet, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Lucerne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 22:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 7 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Landesmuseum and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Old Town and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Bern (Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum & UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern) and Zurich (FIFA World Football Museum & Lake Zurich). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Nice to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Lucerne, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.