18 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Nice, France
— 3 nights
3
Marseille, France
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Avignon, France
— 3 nights
5
Carcassonne Center, France
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Bayeux, France
— 1 night
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Denver, United States


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1
night
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen. On the next day, stop by Vogts Corner and then fly down the slopes at First.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald driving holiday planning site .

Denver, USA to Grindelwald is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Grindelwald is 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Lérins Islands and Vieille Ville will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Saint-Paul de Vence. Go for a jaunt from Nice to Vence to see Chapelle du Rosaire about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lucerne to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lucerne in August since evenings lows in Nice dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Chapelle du Rosaire, Lérins Islands, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

1
night
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 7th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and finally explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille holiday maker .

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Marseille, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Vallon des Auffes ©
Vallon des Auffes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

3
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Get some cultural insight at Roman Theatre of Orange and Pont d'Avignon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres & Tapiezo) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes and delve into the distant past at Forteresse de Mornas.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Avignon day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gordes, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Roman Theatre of Orange, Forteresse de Mornas
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Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas

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nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Plagette and La Franqui Beach. Popular historic sites such as Eglise Saint-Nazaire and La cité médiévale are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Axat). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

La cité médiévale, River Rafting & Tubing, La Franqui Beach, Château de Salses, La Plagette
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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night
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip maker site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Bayeux in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne Center in August: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 73°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Memorial de Caen
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Get some cultural insight at Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip site .

Traveling by train from Bayeux to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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