17 days in France, Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

17 days in France, Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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Bonifacio, France
— 2 nights
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Zonza, France
— 2 nights
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Calvi, France
— 2 nights
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Fly to Marseille, Foot to Aéroport Marseille Provence, Bus to Aix En Provence Tgv, Train to Avignon - Gare TGV, Bus to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Plage du Petit Sperone and Off-Road Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Grottes de Bonifacio and Escalier du Roi d'Aragon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bonifacio: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Propriano) and Menhirs Paddaghhu (in Sartene). There's more to do: head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi and make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bonifacio trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bonifacio is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Bonifacio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zonza.
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Zonza, France — 2 nights

Zonza is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.GeographyZonza is located in the mountain chain of Barocagio-Marghese which extends to the south of the Incudine massif. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, then look for gifts at La Taillerie du Corail, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Jean Baptiste. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Piscia di Gallu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles), and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades de Polischellu.

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Traveling by car from Bonifacio to Zonza takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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 2nd (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral St. Jean Baptiste, and finally don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Couvent Saint-Dominique, catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, and then look for gifts at FRAGNU.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Calvi tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Zonza to Calvi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Calvi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France — 2 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): Head underground at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc. On your second day here, Head underground at Grotte de la Salamandre, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.

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Getting from Calvi to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Calvi in October since evenings lows in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car 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 6th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the activities along Lake Annecy, and then make a trip to La Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Pont des Amours, then explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Fier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac du Bourget, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Annecy travel website.

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Annecy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in October; daily highs in Annecy reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 8th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and then take in the awesome beauty at Gornergrat.

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Traveling by car from Annecy to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Visiting Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aare Gorge and Lucerne Station. Change things up with a short trip to Trümmelbachfälle in Lauterbrunnen (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Lucerne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Lucerne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — 2 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and then take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze.

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You can drive from Lucerne to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. October in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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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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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Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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