60 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

60 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Thun, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Yvoire, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Gruyeres, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Fribourg, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Bellelay, Switzerland
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Basel, Switzerland
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Colmar, France
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Paris, France
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Munot. Get outdoors at Rhine Falls and Uetliberg Mountain. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Winterthur to see Swiss Science Center Technorama about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, explore the activities along Limmat, admire the landmark architecture of Church of St. Peter, and browse the exhibits of Haus zum Rech.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Zurich is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Zurich is 7 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in May; daily highs in Zurich reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore hidden gems such as Titlis and Rigi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Jesuitenkirche. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Centro Visitatori AlpTransit San Gottardo (in Pollegio) and Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castelgrande). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne day trip site.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grindelwald-First and Maennlichen. Get in touch with nature at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald and Bodmi Arena. Step out of Grindelwald with an excursion to Titlis Cliff Walk in Engelberg--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Grosse Scheidegg, stroll through Lieselotte Trail, examine the collection at Grindelwald Museum, and look for gifts at Vogts Corner.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then get outside with Air-Glaciers, S.A.. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen trip maker site.

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Grindelwald. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Heimwehfluh, then play a few rounds at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Interlaken online attractions planner.

Interlaken is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. In June, daytime highs in Interlaken are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thun.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Thun, Switzerland

Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). On the 10th (Thu), learn about all things military at Sammlung Historischer Panzer der Armee, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten). On your second day here, examine the collection at Kunstmuseum Thun, contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, and then examine the collection at Foundation Historical Swiss Army Material.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Thun trip builder website.

Thun is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Thun

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland

Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get outside with Domaine d'Isenau, hit the slopes at Glacier 3000, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Romane de Rougemont. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Les Bisses de Nendaz and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lenk im Simmental vacation planner.

You can drive from Thun to Lenk im Simmental in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yvoire.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Yvoire, France

On the 14th (Mon), walk around La Chataigniere - Domaine de Rovoree and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Cinq Sens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yvoire trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lenk im Simmental to Yvoire takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Yvoire are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Yvoire

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

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Lyon, France

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain. Appreciate the collections at Fresque des Lyonnais and Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Chateau des Broyers (in La Chapelle de Guinchay), Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin) and Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and enjoy the sights with a stroll at Owl's Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lyon itinerary planner.

Getting from Yvoire to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or take a bus. In June in Lyon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle) and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Cathedrale de Lausanne (in Lausanne) and Chateau de Vullierens (in Vullierens). There's still lots to do: engage your brain at CERN, make a trip to Broken Chair Sculpture, examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, and take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva tour builder tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Geneva are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gruyeres.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Gruyeres, Switzerland

The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gruyeres Castle and Vitromusee Romont. Appreciate the collections at Chaplin's World and HR Giger Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Gruyeres side-trips: Mezieres Wallpaper Museum (in Mezieres), Nest (in Vevey) and Corseaux (L'Atelier De Grandi & Villa "Le Lac" Le Corbusier). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee de Charmey, and admire the landmark architecture of Abbaye de la Fille-Dieu.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gruyeres tour planner.

Drive from Geneva to Gruyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Gruyeres, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fribourg.

Things to do in Gruyeres

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Fribourg, Switzerland

The canton of Fribourg is located in western Switzerland. Visiting Creux du Van and Rochers-de-Naye will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Chillon and Queen Studio Experience. Venture out of the city with trips to Watch Museum of Le Locle (in Le Locle), Montreux Lakeside (in Montreux) and International Museum of Watches (in La Chaux-de-Fonds). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Les Bains de Lavey, see the interesting displays at Musee Suisse de la Marionnette, get engrossed in the history at Musée d'histoire naturelle, and delve into the distant past at Bains Romains.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Fribourg trip builder site.

Fribourg is just a stone's throw from Gruyeres. In June, daily temperatures in Fribourg can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bellelay.

Things to do in Fribourg

Museums · Spas · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Bellelay, Switzerland

Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the activities along La Combe Tabeillon, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lac Vert d'Undervelier, and then identify plant and animal life at Fondation Pour le Cheval.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bellelay trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Fribourg to Bellelay takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fribourg in July, expect Bellelay to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Basel.

Things to do in Bellelay

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Basel, Switzerland

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Beyeler and Jean Tinguely Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basel's Old Town and Rathaus. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel, admire the masterpieces at Antikenmuseum Basel, and make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Basel trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bellelay to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bellelay in July, with highs in Basel at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

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Colmar, France

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.
Take a break from the city and head to NaturoparC - Hunawihr and La Volerie des Aigles. Get a sense of the local culture at Cite de l'Automobile and Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer. Get out of town with these interesting Colmar side-trips: Ecomusee d'Alsace (in Ungersheim), Musee du Papier Peint (in Rixheim) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden, make a trip to Vieille Ville, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, and contemplate the long history of Ancien camp de concentration de Natzweiler-Struthof.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colmar holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Basel to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Paris, France

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Army Museum and Fondation Louis Vuitton. Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Reims (La Maison Mumm, Basilique Saint-Remi, &more) and Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly City). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, stop by Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, and see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online tour builder.

Take a train from Colmar to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Canton of Bern travel guide

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Mountains · Waterfalls · Parasailing & Paragliding
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.