12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, France
— 2 nights
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Calvi, France
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Interlaken trip itinerary maker app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Interlaken is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Interlaken at 21°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix, France — 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 25th (Sun), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the views from Pont des Amours, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Ile des Cygnes, then see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, and finally don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Fier, take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz, and then explore the activities along Lac du Bourget.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Annecy trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Pegasus Memorial. Let the collections at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach capture your imagination. Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bayeux online itinerary builder.

Getting from Annecy to Bayeux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, France — 2 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, get interesting insight from Tours, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, and then contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio journey planner.

You can fly from Bayeux to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bayeux in September, expect Bonifacio to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Calvi.
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Calvi, France — 2 nights

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. On the 3rd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Calvi holiday maker.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Calvi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Calvi sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 4th (Tue), you're off to home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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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.
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