16 days in South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in South of France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Avignon, France
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Nice, France — 4 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.
Attractions like Marineland and TakSea make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Aqualand Frejus (in Frejus) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Nice trip builder tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Nice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Riyadh in July, plan for colder days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips

Marseille, France — 1 night

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then stop by The Panier.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Marseille day trip app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Avignon, France — 3 nights

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Family-friendly places like Palais des Papes and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Musee 1900 (in Arpaillargues), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Aven Grotte Forestiere (in Orgnac-l'Aven). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Escale Aventure and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Avignon day trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly to Lucerne.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Zurich and Bahnhofstrasse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Bachalpsee Lake (in Grindelwald). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Avignon to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Avignon in July, expect Lucerne to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kids will enjoy The Matterhorn and Gornergrat. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, stop by Laderach, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society.

Before you visit Zermatt, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall and then walk around Jardin Anglais.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Geneva road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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