31 days in France, Switzerland & Konstanz Itinerary

31 days in France, Switzerland & Konstanz Itinerary

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Konstanz, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Appenzell, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colleville-sur-Mer, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights

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Konstanz, Germany

— 1 night

City by the Lake

Set on the border with Switzerland and on the shores of the lake of the same name, Konstanz represents both a city of leisure and some of the country’s best education.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): head off the coast to Mainau, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Konstanz, and then take in the waterfront at Constance Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Burg Meersburg, examine the collection at Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen, and then identify plant and animal life at Affenberg Salem.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Konstanz sightseeing planning app.

If you are flying in from Oman, the closest major aiports are Friedrichshafen Airport, Memmingen Allgau Airport and Stuttgart Airport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Konstanz

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Appenzell, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Appenzell is known for museums, breweries & distilleries, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Seealpsee, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, admire the striking features of Kathedrale St.Gallen, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Appenzell road trip planning site.

Getting from Konstanz to Appenzell by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Appenzell are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then stop by Old Town, and then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Appenzell to Lucerne in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally ponder the world of politics at Rathaus Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Lucerne to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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 23rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and then hit the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain, and then get great views at Gornergrat.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planning website.

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Tours · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and finally ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 27th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Geneva to Paris by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Colleville-sur-Mer, France

— 2 nights
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Musee D-Day Omaha, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Omaha Beach, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and then take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Colleville-sur-Mer planning website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then savor the flavors at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

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Bayeux is just a short distance from Colleville-sur-Mer. In October in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to Tour du Nord, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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 4th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Les Halles de Narbonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Carcassonne by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In November in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit The Panier, then explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

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Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hyeres, France

— 3 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Park and Gardens of the Mediterranean (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres) and Rade de Toulon (in Toulon). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, walk around Parc Olbius-Riquier, stroll through La Route du Sel, and explore the striking landscape at Presqu'ile de Giens.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hyeres visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Nice is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nice online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

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.