8 days in France, Zurich & Lindau Itinerary

8 days in France, Zurich & Lindau Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
Lindau, Germany
— 2 nights
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zurich travel route planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Lindau.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Lindau, Germany

— 2 nights
Lake Constance (Bodensee) has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Eistobel, then don't miss a visit to Mangturm, then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion Sculpture, and finally explore the activities along Lake Constance (Bodensee). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Altes Rathaus, pause for some serene contemplation at Katholische Pfarrkirche Sankt Georg, and then see the interesting displays at Zeppelin Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lindau vacation app.

Drive from Zurich to Lindau in 2 hours. In July in Lindau, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Lindau

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Colmar, France

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Dolder Tower, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then get to know the resident critters at La Montagne des Singes. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colmar day trip planning site.

You can drive from Lindau to Colmar in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Paris.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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France travel guide

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.