31 days in France, Bern & Geneva Itinerary

31 days in France, Bern & Geneva Itinerary

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Amiens, France
— 4 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 4 nights
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Giverny, France
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Colmar, France
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Annecy, France
— 4 nights
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Amiens, France

— 4 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Head to Calais Wine Superstore and Grande Rederie d'Amiensfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amiens: Reims (Champagne Taittinger, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, &more) and Nausicaa (in Boulogne-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, explore the world behind art at Musee de Picardie, admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, and examine the collection at Musee des Hortillonnages.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amiens day trip website.

Billum, Denmark to Amiens is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Billum in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Amiens: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bayeux, France

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step out of the city life by going to Falaises d'Etretat and Navigation Normande - Le Havre. For shopping fun, head to La Maison du Biscuit or Maison Lebrec. Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Mont Saint-Michel in Mont-Saint-Michel--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

Drive from Amiens to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

Giverny, France

— 1 day
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 10th (Sun), stroll through Fondation Claude Monet, admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Giverny online holiday planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Giverny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Colmar.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Colmar, France

— 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, look for all kinds of wild species at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, and then examine the collection at Musee du Jouet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Couvert, then visit Little Venice, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Town.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colmar trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Giverny to Colmar by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April in Colmar, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Bern, Switzerland

— 6 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Do your shopping at Ambra Minerals and Rotsee - Badi. Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Lake Lucerne. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Rigi, &more), Harderkulm (in Interlaken) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, explore the activities along Aare River, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bern road trip planner.

Drive from Colmar to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Bern sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

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Geneva, Switzerland

— 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Geneva and Bains des Paquis. Shop till you drop at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery and Saumon Fume des Acacias. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Lausanne (Fondation de l'Hermitage & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and stroll around Le Jardin Anglais.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

Annecy, France

— 4 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Get outdoors at Ski Cool and Lake Annecy. Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to Pernot Cédric (in Chambery) and Prosneige (in Val Thorens). There's still lots to do: make a trip to La Vieille Ville, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, take in the views from Pont des Amours, and see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Geneva to Annecy in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:

Chamonix, France

— 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, then fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

France travel guide

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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.