43 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

43 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Annecy-le-Vieux, France
— 2 nights
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Dijon, France
— 3 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Le Marais, enjoy breathtaking views from Montparnasse Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Orangerie.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Paris reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for the flight 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.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to La Seyne-sur-Mer.
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La Seyne-sur-Mer, France — 4 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Seyne-sur-Mer: Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Port de Cassis (in Cassis).

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Getting from Lyon to La Seyne-sur-Mer by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You will leave for Nice on the 18th (Thu).
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Nice, France — 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Le Suquet in Cannes (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

You can drive from La Seyne-sur-Mer to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from La Seyne-sur-Mer in August, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Annecy-le-Vieux.
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Annecy-le-Vieux, France — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the views from Pont de la Caille.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Annecy-le-Vieux sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Annecy-le-Vieux in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nice in August, with highs in Annecy-le-Vieux at 28°C and lows at 16°C. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

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.
Explore Dijon's surroundings by going to Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune) and Citadel of Besançon (in Besancon). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, walk along Owl's Trail, don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dijon trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Annecy-le-Vieux to Dijon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Dijon, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel to Lausanne.
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Lausanne, Switzerland — 1 night

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Lausanne road trip website.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Lausanne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for Zermatt on the 29th (Mon).
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat and then tour the pleasant surroundings at 5 Lakes Walk. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Getting from Lausanne to Zermatt by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to St. Moritz.
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St. Moritz, Switzerland — 2 nights

St.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get great views at Piz Nair, get great views at Muottas Muragl, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the St. Moritz trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to St. Moritz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a tram. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich and then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zurich journey maker.

You can drive from St. Moritz to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, Zurich is a bit warmer than St. Moritz - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 4th (Sun), snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then pick up some local products at Luzerner Wochenmarkt, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, then hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

To find maps and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne vacation maker site.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and then take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bern journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Bern sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and then wander the streets of La Petite France. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then make a trip to Barrage Vauban.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bern to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. See some other sides of Paris: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip website.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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

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.
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