24 days in Austria, Switzerland & France Itinerary

24 days in Austria, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Bregenz, Austria
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Cannes, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
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Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, then stop by Xocolat, then steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Vienna, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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Hyderabad, India to Vienna is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hyderabad to Vienna is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hyderabad in May, things will get cooler in Vienna: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, then view the masterpieces at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, browse the fresh offerings at Schranne Market, then don't miss a visit to Stiegl-Brauwelt, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg attractions site.

You can drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Markthalle, look for gifts at Speckeria, take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then enjoy breathtaking views from Town Tower (Stadtturm), then browse the different shops at RathausGalerien, and finally hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, then meet the residents at Alpenzoo, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hafelekarspitze.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Innsbruck trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Innsbruck sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bregenz.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Bregenz, Austria

— 1 night
Bregenz is the capital of Vorarlberg, the westernmost federal state of Austria. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get great views at Pfander, then make a trip to Bregenz Festival, and then take in the pleasant sights at Seepromenade.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bregenz travel route site.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Bregenz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Bregenz, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel 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 9th (Tue): browse the different shops at Hauptbahnhof, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, then stop by Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Bregenz to Zurich in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Beaches

Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bern travel route builder app.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bern are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

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 12th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planning website.

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Nice, France

— 5 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 Promenade du Soleil and Eze Sur Mer Strand for some beach relaxation. Head to Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya and Shopping Center - Polygone Rivierafor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Menton (Buste Louis Lorenti, Au Pays du Citron, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Spiaggia, enjoy the sand and surf at Paloma Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Geneva in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, France

— 1 night

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take a stroll through Le Suquet, look for gifts at Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Juan les Pins Main Beach.

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Drive from Nice to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Cannes

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.
For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Step out of Paris to go to Marne-la-Vallee and see Disneyland Paris, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, explore the activities along Seine River, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

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Getting from Cannes to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Cannes in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.