28 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

28 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thun, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brienz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dijon, France
— 2 nights
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Reims, France — 1 night

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Champagne Taittinger and then contemplate the long history of Basilique Saint-Remi.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Reims trip maker site.

Cardiff, UK to Reims is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in July: highs in Reims hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Strasbourg.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster, then walk around Parc de l'Orangerie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally take a stroll through La Petite France.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Reims to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of Zurich to go to Neuhausen am Rheinfall and see Rhine Falls, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Lucerne.
Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Titlis.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bern.
Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 22nd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then ponder the world of politics at Rathaus Bern, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bern road trip site.

Getting from Lucerne to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thun.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Thun, Switzerland — 3 nights

Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thun: Nature Park Blausee (in Blausee-Mitholz), Niesen (in Muelenen) and Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Thunersee, view the masterpieces at Thun-Panorama, don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville de Thoune, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Thun.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Thun day trip site.

Thun is very close to Bern. In July, daytime highs in Thun are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brienz.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Brienz, Switzerland — 2 nights

With roots tracing back to the Bronze Age, traditional Brienz gives the impression of being lost in time.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, admire the sheer force of Giessbachfälle, and then explore the activities along Lake Brienz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Axalp, take a memorable drive along Furka Pass, and then look for gifts at Huggler Holzbildhauerei.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brienz trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Thun to Brienz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 30th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle and then take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planner.

Interlaken is just a stone's throw from Brienz. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Montreux.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Montreux, Switzerland — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, and then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, then admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, and then go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Montreux itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Montreux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lausanne.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Lausanne, Switzerland — 2 nights

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 3rd (Wed), Head underground at Grottes de Vallorbe, then take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy, and then examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Lausanne and then catch all the local highlights with Sauvabelin Tower.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lausanne itinerary planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Lausanne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Geneva.
Parks · Tours · Museums · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Geneva is known for sightseeing, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Lausanne to Geneva in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Geneva sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Dijon, France — 2 nights

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 8th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Owl's Trail, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and finally make a trip to Place de la Liberation.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dijon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Dijon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Dijon sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.