18 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 3 nights
La Croix-Valmer, France
— 3 nights
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Etretat, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Ahmedabad


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.
Visit Plage des Ondes and Eze Sur Mer Strand for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

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Ahmedabad, India to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ahmedabad to Nice is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ahmedabad in May, things will get cooler in Nice: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Croix-Valmer.
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La Croix-Valmer, France — 3 nights

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Visiting Plage Des Brouis and Port Grimaud 1 Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Cavaliere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Croix-Valmer: Le Lavandou (Grande Plage du Lavandou, Plage de l'Anglade, &more) and Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Heraclee Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Debarquement, and learn about winemaking at Chateau de Chausse.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Croix-Valmer trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to La Croix-Valmer by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Nice in May, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in La Croix-Valmer: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne driving holiday planner.

Getting from La Croix-Valmer to Carcassonne by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from La Croix-Valmer in May, you will find days in Carcassonne are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bayeux.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, and finally stroll through Juno Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then indulge your senses at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in May, expect Bayeux to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.
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Etretat, France — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Plage-Baignade Yport, then kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, and then stroll through Falaises d'Etretat.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Etretat trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

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Drive from Etretat to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 3 nights

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch and then hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village.

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You can drive from Paris to Lauterbrunnen in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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.

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.