21 days in France, Zurich & Grindelwald Itinerary

21 days in France, Zurich & Grindelwald Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Annecy, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 18th (Wed), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip maker.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by Vogts Corner and then fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then take a stroll through Alpiglen.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grindelwald travel planner.

Drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Change things up with these side-trips from Annecy: Room Escape Games (in Annemasse), La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise) and Chamonix (Brevent Cable Car & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and snap pictures at Pont des Amours.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Annecy tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Annecy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and look for gifts at La Cave de Stephane.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lyon in January, with highs in Nice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Chateau de la Gardine (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Marseille (Parc National des Calanques, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Halle aux Grains, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Pape Clement.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux holiday builder site.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Bordeaux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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