8 days in South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
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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: stop by Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planning app.

Buffalo, USA to Nice is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Buffalo to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buffalo in March, you will find days in Nice are a bit warmer (59°F), and nights are much warmer (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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 5th (Sun), stop by Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Marseille day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Geneva.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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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 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva online travel route planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Geneva in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Marseille in March; daily highs in Geneva reach 52°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time 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 7th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town and then get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zurich online journey planner.

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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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.