8 days in South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Nice, France — 3 nights

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.
Nice is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and hunt for treasures at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice attractions site.

Buffalo, USA to Nice is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Buffalo to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Buffalo in June since evenings lows in Nice dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trips
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Marseille, France — 1 night

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 28th (Tue), look for gifts at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

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You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Geneva trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Geneva takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Marseille in June, things will get a bit cooler in Geneva: highs are around 76°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Zurich.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Zurich are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Neighborhoods · Nature · Museums · Parks
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Switzerland travel guide

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.