15 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lausanne, Switzerland
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cannes, France
Drive
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Nice, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Versailles, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris, France
— 3 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, then browse the different shops at Hauptbahnhof, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. In April, daytime highs in Zurich are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Michaelskreuz Kapelle, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis, then look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and finally contemplate the long history of Musegg Wall.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lucerne travel planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lucerne are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern, then steep yourself in history at Spitalgasse, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus).

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bern day trip website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 2 nights

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 20th (Thu), get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch, then relax and rejuvenate at Alpines Sportzentrum Murren, then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and finally see the interesting displays at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Spiez, then buy something for everyone on your list at Outlet King, and finally trek along Blumental Panorama Trail.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Bern to Lauterbrunnen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lausanne.
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Lausanne, Switzerland

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Lausanne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Lausanne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. You will leave for Geneva on the 22nd (Sat).
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, take in the exciting artwork at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, make a trip to The Flower Clock, then examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, and finally take a stroll through Rue du Rhone.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Geneva holiday maker site.

You can drive from Lausanne to Geneva in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Geneva, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 41°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Secrets d'Apiculteur, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges, then take a stroll through La Place Bellecour, and finally visit The Presqu'ile.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lyon driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Geneva to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lyon are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cannes.
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Cannes, France

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cannes road trip app.

You can fly from Lyon to Cannes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Nice.
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Nice, France — 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and finally visit Vieille Ville.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip tool.

Getting from Cannes to Nice by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Nice, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 1 night

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 26th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, stop by La Cave du Marche, view the masterpieces at Galerie Regard, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud, then stop by Port Grimaud, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Nice in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Tropez, with highs around 70°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Versailles.
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Versailles, France — 1 night

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles, admire the ancient design of Bla Spa, and then view the masterpieces at The Royal Chapel.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Versailles online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Saint-Tropez to Versailles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in April, expect Versailles to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris trip site.

You can drive from Versailles to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Paris sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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.
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France travel guide

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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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