24 days in France, Spain & Zurich Itinerary

24 days in France, Spain & Zurich Itinerary

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24 days in France, Spain & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
3
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
4
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
6
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
train:  6 h
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Singapore, Singapore


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3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Popular historic sites such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Strasbourg.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take a stroll through La Petite France, stop by Stecostar-La petite manufacture des reves, and then steep yourself in history at Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Confiserie des Hautes Vosges, take a stroll through Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

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You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Lyon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Stecostar-La petite manufacture des reves, Confiserie des Hautes Vosges, Little Venice, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
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Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

2
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Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges. On your second day here, explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Strasbourg to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nice.

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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Eglise Saint Georges ©
Eglise Saint Georges

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Nice. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of La Croisette and then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nice, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in December, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, La Croisette
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Old Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then look for gifts at Trois Fenetres, then wander the streets of The Panier, and finally look for gifts at 72% Petanque. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Savonnerie de Cassis, look for gifts at Pastis Et Compagnie, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marseille travel tool .

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marseille, with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cassis, Aix-en-Provence
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Pastis Et Compagnie ©
Pastis Et Compagnie
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

2
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Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 24th (Mon), look for gifts at Delices de Tunis, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Daurade, then ponder the world of politics at Theatre du Capitole, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, stop by Ombres Blanches, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, then don't miss a visit to Place du Capitole, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Carmelites, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Toulouse online road trip planner.

Fly from Marseille to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toulouse

Shopping Historic Sites Nightlife
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Delices de Tunis ©
Delices de Tunis
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at CaixaForum and El Dragonfly. Visit El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc Guell, look for gifts at La Talenta, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and shop like a local with Passeig de Gracia.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Toulouse to Barcelona by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toulouse in December, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
CaixaForum ©
CaixaForum

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Shop till you drop at Mercado San Miguel and Barrio de Salamanca. Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Paseo de la Castellana are in your itinerary. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Catedral Primada & Casco Historico de Toledo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, explore and take pictures at Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, and wander the streets of Malasana.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madrid tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Madrid at 14°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Toledo
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Zurich takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Madrid in January; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Fri).

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