13 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Bucharest, Romania
Fly:  6 h
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Bucharest, Romania

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Villa Rothschild - Mediatheque Noailles & Musee de la Castre) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, see the interesting displays at Musee de L'ecole, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice tour planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Nice. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Nice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Galerie Lifetime Gallery
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, partake in some friendly competition at Mystery Games, then contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval, then stroll through Foret de Roustagnon, and finally hike along Sentier Littoral.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille online attractions planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Bandol, Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, Laser game Evolution, Musee des Chantiers Naval
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis ©
Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis

3
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, visit Le Marais, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paris driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in February; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Sonnenberg (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Biosphaere Entlebuch & Mt Pilatus). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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