12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Blausee-Mitholz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
5
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States


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1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip site .

New York City, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Zurich. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Zurich to be slightly colder, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Blausee-Mitholz.

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Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Blausee-Mitholz, Switzerland

Blausee-Mitholz ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): let little ones run wild at Nature Park Blausee.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Blausee-Mitholz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Blausee-Mitholz takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Blausee-Mitholz

Fun & Games Parks
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Nature Park Blausee ©
Nature Park Blausee

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
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 10th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and finally examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique).

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Geneva tour itinerary site .

Drive from Blausee-Mitholz to Geneva in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Geneva are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Palais des Nations, Genève ©
Palais des Nations, Genève

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nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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.
On the 12th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take a stroll through La Croisette, and then take a leisurely stroll along Vieux Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands and then wander the streets of Le Suquet.

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Getting from Geneva to Cannes by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Geneva in September, with highs in Cannes at 79°F and lows at 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Vieille Ville
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

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Marseille, France

Marseille ©
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 14th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques, then walk around Le Palais de Justice, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cannes to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Palais de Justice ©
Le Palais de Justice

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

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You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in September, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 70°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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