18 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 3 nights
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Orange, France
— 2 nights
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Sault, France
— 3 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France
— 2 nights
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Antibes, France
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Geneva, Switzerland

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 1st (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then stroll around Jardin Anglais, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva online trip maker.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Parks
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Montreux, Switzerland

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Montreux trip site.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Grindelwald on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Montreux

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 2nd (Sat), get great views at First Cliff Walk by Tissot, then hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and then hit the slopes at Maennlichen. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald road trip planning site.

Getting from Montreux to Grindelwald by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, and then take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Annecy, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: Walibi Rhone-Alpes (in Les Avenieres) and Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, snap pictures at Pont des Amours, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Annecy in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Orange.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Orange, France

— 2 nights
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): make a trip to Pont du Gard, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then make a trip to Roman Theatre of Orange. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc.

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Getting from Annecy to Orange by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Annecy in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Orange: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sault.

Things to do in Orange

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Sault, France

— 3 nights
Sault is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Barons Perches (in Nyons) and Gorges de la Meouge (in Sisteron). The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Chemin des Lavandes, explore the striking landscape at Gorges de la Nesque, look for gifts at Nougat Andre Boyer, and head outdoors with Ventoux Passion Nature.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sault route tool.

Traveling by car from Orange to Sault takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Sault

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Aix-en-Provence, France

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sault to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. On the 14th (Thu), you're off to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France

— 2 nights
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France".It lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Beauvoir and then don't miss a visit to Centre Ville. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lac de Sainte-Croix, then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and then take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes La Palud.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Moustiers Sainte-Marie road trip planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Moustiers Sainte-Marie by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Moustiers Sainte-Marie can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antibes.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Antibes, France

— 2 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Juan les Pins Main Beach, take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, and then wander the streets of Le Suquet.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Antibes trip website.

You can take a train from Moustiers Sainte-Marie to Antibes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Moustiers Sainte-Marie in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Antibes: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.