15 days in Switzerland & South of France Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland & South of France Itinerary

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Drive to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Fly to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Drive to Ludhiana

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), make a trip to Niederdorf, and head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Zurich road trip planner.

Ludhiana, India to Zurich is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ludhiana to Zurich is minus 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

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 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in December: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, then look for gifts at Laderach, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Gornergrat.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt road trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Zermatt in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Classes · Nature

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Bern, Switzerland

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 22nd (Wed), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, then explore the activities along Aare River, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museum of Communication, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore and take pictures at Gurten.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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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.