13 days in France, Zurich & Geneva Itinerary

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Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France — 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hammam et Traditions and Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Go for a jaunt from Strasbourg to Le Bonhomme to see La Station Du Lac-Blanc about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger, admire the landmark architecture of La Neustadt, and see the interesting displays at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg.

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London, UK to Strasbourg is an approximately 6-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Strasbourg. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Church of St. Peter, and then take a stroll through Niederdorf. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then stop by Maurice de Mauriac, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Geneva.
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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.
On the 14th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, then learn more about the world around you at MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Palud, then see the interesting displays at Photo Elysee, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice.

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Traveling by flight from Zurich to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. February in Geneva sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Ile des Cygnes, relax in the rural setting at Chevrerie Des Confins, fly down the slopes at Esf la Clusaz, then look for gifts at ValetMont, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Maurice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Cle du Bien Etre, explore the activities along Le Thiou, then take in the waterfront at Le Paquier, and finally stop by YAKAPEDALER.

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You can drive from Geneva to Annecy in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. February in Annecy sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Sat), stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then don't miss a visit to Mur des Canuts, then ponder the design of La Fontaine Bartholdi, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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