4 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

4 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Bern, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights


Bern, Switzerland

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the striking features of Rathaus Bern and then stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

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Stuttgart, Germany to Bern is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
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Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to Chamonix.
Museums · Nightlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Chamonix, France — 2 nights

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and eBike Chamonix. Get outdoors at Aiguille du Midi and Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers. Change things up with a short trip to Reserve Naturelle in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Le Spa du Mont Blanc, hike along Refuge Albert 1er, and stroll through La Jonction.

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You can drive from Geneva to Chamonix in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure
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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.