12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France
— 1 night
Metz, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Freddie Mercury Statue and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Queen Studio Experience (in Montreux). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, and see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Geneva itinerary maker site.

Bangkok, Thailand to Geneva is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Geneva, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Geneva is colder than Bangkok - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly to Nice.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Nice, France — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and make a trip to Ascenseur du Chateau.

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You can fly from Geneva to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Geneva in September, with highs in Nice at 28°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach.

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Getting from Nice to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nice in September, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Metz.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Metz, France — 1 night

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville, admire the landmark architecture of Œuvre de la cathédrale, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Metz trip maker.

You can fly from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Metz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, Metz is little chillier than Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

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Getting from Metz to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
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Switzerland travel guide

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.

France travel guide

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.