16 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Blois, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
La Ciotat, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Grimaud, France
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris travel itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
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 3rd (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bayeux, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Blois.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Remains Mulberry Harbour
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Blois, France

Blois
Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Maison de l'Acrobate, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois, and then see the interesting displays at Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Blois trip website .

You can drive from Bayeux to Blois in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Blois, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites Museums
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Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois
Maison de l'Acrobate ©
Maison de l'Acrobate
Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin ©

1
night
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux road trip app .

You can take a train from Blois to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in June, Bordeaux is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

2
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey planning site .

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to La Ciotat.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Canal du Midi
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

1
night
La Ciotat, France

La Ciotat ©
La Ciotat is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, then cruise along Route des Cretes, and finally walk around Parc du Mugel.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Ciotat trip planner .

You can drive from Carcassonne to La Ciotat in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in La Ciotat sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grimaud.

Things to do in La Ciotat

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ile des Embiez, Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, Vieille Ville, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste
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Parc du Mugel ©
Parc du Mugel
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

1
night
Grimaud, France

Grimaud ©
For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Grimaud itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Ciotat to Grimaud takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Lucerne.

Things to do in Grimaud

Historic Sites
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Chateau de Grimaud ©
Chateau de Grimaud
Port Grimaud ©
Port Grimaud

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 11th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, pause for some serene contemplation at Markuskirche, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne visit planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grimaud to Lucerne. Traveling from Grimaud in June, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 12th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, admire the natural beauty at Alpenrose Landscape Gardens, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Interlaken using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Trümmelbachfälle, Jungfraujoch
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zurich day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites
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Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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