23 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

23 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Val Thorens, France
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Nice
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Paris, France
— 7 nights


Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Museum Rietberg, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne visit app.

Singapore, Singapore to Lucerne is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Lucerne. In December, Lucerne is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Change things up with a short trip to Ski Zenit in Saas-Fee (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Lucerne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Val Thorens.
Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Side Trips

Val Thorens, France — 4 nights

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Explore Val Thorens' surroundings by going to Chamonix (Parasailing & Paragliding & Aiguille du Midi), Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more) and Meribel (Mission Black Forest & Snowdlight Ski School). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Ski Cool, stroll through Maison des Guides et de la Montagne Val Thorens, and pick up some new knowledge with Prosneige.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Val Thorens online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Val Thorens in 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Val Thorens can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes
Side Trips

Nice, France — 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Marché provençal, Wine Shop Flacons Divins, &more) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Nice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Val Thorens in December, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Paris, France — 7 nights

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.
Step out of Paris to go to Marne-la-Vallee and see Disneyland Paris, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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

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.