14 Days France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Experience the Best of France & Switzerland in 2 Weeks

Our 14-day tour itinerary has been designed to reveal the highlights of France and Switzerland in just two weeks with your driver-guide.

Departing from Paris, you’ll explore the gastronomic delights of Lyon, serene beauty of Aix-les-Bains, and from the snow-capped peaks of Chamonix to the enchanting waters of Lake Lucerne, this itinerary weaves a rich tapestry of cultural and natural wonders.

Discover Annecy’s charm, the Matterhorn’s majesty in Zermatt, and the awe-inspiring Jungfraujoch, culminating in the historic allure of Stein am Rhein.

Destinations On Our 14-Day France & Switzerland Itinerary

Day 1: Paris to Lyon 

Day 2: Lyon Highlights

Day 3: Discovering Aix-les-Bains

Day 4: Grenoble Day Trip

Day 5: Annecy Day Trip

Day 6 & 7: Chamonix

Day 8: Enter Switzerland and Discover Zermatt

Day 9: Zermatt

Day 10: Lauterbrunnen

Day 11: Interlaken and Jungfraujoch

Day 12: Lucerne

Day 13: Zurich

Day 14: Stein am Rhein Falls Day Trip

Day 1: Transfer Paris – Lyon

Saint-Jean Cathedral, Lyon, France

Your day begins with a comfortable train ride in a first-class carriage from Gare de Lyon in Paris for the swift 2-hour journey to Lyon.

Vieux Ville Old Town Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the charm of Lyon’s Old Town, Vieux Ville, starting with the awe-inspiring Saint Jean Cathedral. 

Marvel at its fusion of Romanesque and Gothic design and the exquisite 12th-century lamb rose stained glass windows. 

During a private guided tour, step through the grand oak doors to discover the 16th-century astronomical clock, a marvel of medieval engineering.

Evening in Lyon

As the first day of our France and Switzerland itinerary draws to a close, spend the evening at your leisure unwinding with a glass of wine or enjoying a cup of espresso as your Swiss/French adventure really kicks into gear!

Day 2: Lyon Food Tour

Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, Cheese, France

Awake in Lyon, crowned the world’s food capital by celebrated chef Curnonsky all the way back in 1935, today, our itinerary will allow you to get acquainted with its rich culinary heritage! 

Home to over 4,000 eateries, including 20 distinguished Michelin-starred restaurants, the city promises a day immersed in the flavors that have shaped its global culinary reputation.

Les Halles de Lyon

Begin your gastronomic journey with a private tour of Les Halles de Lyon, the famed covered market. Housing over 50 artisanal farmers and producers, this vibrant marketplace is a testament to Lyon’s deep-rooted culinary traditions. 

Discover the secrets behind Lyon’s status as a culinary capital. Indulge in tastings of local specialties, expertly paired with regional wines, offering a true taste of the city’s rich gastronomic landscape.

Vineyard Visit

The exploration continues with an excursion to one of Lyon’s renowned wine estates. Here, amidst the rolling vineyards, a private tour unveils the intricacies of the region’s wine production. 

Guided by a local wine expert, delve into the unique characteristics that make this area an oenophile’s paradise. Experience the art of wine and food pairing with a selection of vintage wines, complemented by an assortment of local cheeses and charcuterie, enhancing the flavors and showcasing the region’s culinary prowess.

Michelin-Starred Dining

Conclude your day with an unforgettable dining experience at one of Lyon’s prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants. 

Day 3: Discovering Aix-les-Bains, The Alpine Riviera

Lac du Bourget, France

Join your driver guide outside your hotel in Lyon on the morning of day three as you prepare for a day of discovery in Aix-les-Bains, a thermal spa town nestled on the banks of Lac du Bourget, France’s largest natural lake. This transfer will take just over an hour.

Once a retreat for 19th-century European royalty and luminaries, including Queen Victoria, the town’s historical allure is matched by its natural beauty, earning it the moniker “Riviera of the Alps.”

Lac du Bourget

Your journey begins by the crystalline waters of Lac du Bourget, where the imposing Alps meet the tranquil lake. As you stroll along the shore, your guide will highlight the diverse local flora and fauna that grace this idyllic landscape. 

For the adventurous spirits, seize the opportunity to embrace the lake’s vibrant energy with a kitesurfing lesson from a seasoned instructor or paddle through hidden coves in a rented kayak. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the leisurely pace of lakeside life with a creamy “crème” coffee at a café, observing the gentle ebb and flow of daily life against a stunning backdrop.

Musee Faure

Continue your cultural immersion at the Musee Faure, a sanctuary of fine art housing an impressive collection of masterpieces by renowned artists like Cézanne, Sisley, Degas, and Pissarro. 

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Day 4: Grenoble Day Trip

Grenoble City, France, French Alps

From your base in Aix-les-Bains, your driver guide will collect you for the 1 hour long journey to Grenoble.

Ascent to Bastille Hill

Your Grenoble adventure starts with an exhilarating ride up Bastille Hill aboard the iconic “Les Bulles” cable car. 

As you ascend in these distinctive bubble-shaped cabins, Grenoble’s urban tapestry unfolds beneath you, set against the majestic backdrop of the Alps. 

Bastille Hill, the historical fortress complex, welcomes you with a fusion of medieval architecture and contemporary leisure spaces. Explore the alpine botanical garden, a haven of diverse mountain flora, and step onto the panoramic terraces for awe-inspiring views of the alpine landscape that envelops Grenoble.

Museum of Grenoble

Delve deeper into Grenoble’s rich artistic heritage with a private tour of the Museum of Grenoble. 

This esteemed museum houses an impressive collection spanning from ancient artifacts to modern masterpieces. Highlights include works by Matisse, Picasso, and Rubens, inviting you on an enlightening journey through various artistic epochs.

Grenoble Walking Tour

Conclude your exploration in the historic center of Grenoble, where the past and present converge amidst bustling squares, charming cafes, and architecturally significant buildings. 

Return to Aix-les-Bains for the evening.

Day 5: Annecy, the Alpine Venice

Saint Francois de Sales in Annecy, France

Just 30 minutes from your accommodation lies our next destination, Annecy, known as the “Venice of the Alps.” 

Annecy’s old town, with its labyrinth of cobbled streets and pastel-hued houses flanking the canals, is a vision of alpine charm.

Palais de l’Isle Exploration and Old Town

Begin your Annecy adventure at the historic heart of the town, the Palais de l’Isle. 

Nestled on the Thiou Canal, this iconic 12th-century edifice has evolved from a grand residence to a courthouse and prison. It is now a museum narrating Annecy’s rich history. 

Traverse the old town’s vibrant alleys, where each turn reveals art galleries, quaint craft shops, and the lively hum of cafes and eateries. Savor a local culinary treat for lunch, choosing from tartiflette, fondue, or raclette, each a warm embrace of Alpine flavors.

Les Jardins de l’Europe and Pont d’Amour

The afternoon ushers you to Les Jardins de l’Europe, an exquisite park in the town’s heart, where the legacy of Claude-Louis Berthollet is honored amidst an English garden adorned with centuries-old trees. 

Venture next to the Pont d’Amour, where your guide unveils the romantic lore of this legendary bridge.

Gorges de Fier Adventure

The day’s journey continues with a scenic drive to the awe-inspiring Gorges de Fier. 

Marvel at the natural spectacle of this deep, narrow gorge with your guide illuminating the geological forces that sculpted this dramatic landscape. Traverse the walkways that hug the cliffs, leading to serene freshwater pools inviting a refreshing dip.

Day 6: Ascent to Chamonix – At Mont Blanc’s Footsteps

French Alps, Chamonix, France

On day 6, we travel from Aix-les-Bains to Chamonix, a prestigious alpine town that boasts unparalleled views of Mont Blanc, the towering pinnacle of Western Europe.

Aiguille du Midi

Ascend to the Aiguille du Midi via cable car, standing as a majestic watchtower over the Chamonix Valley. 

As the sprawling Mont Blanc massif and the panoramic sweep of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps unravel before you, dare to step into the “Step into the Void” glass box. This thrilling experience puts you directly over a deep chasm, with the alpine world sprawling beneath.

Mer de Glace: Into the Ice’s Heart

Board the historic Montenvers Railway to the Mer de Glace, France’s grandest glacier. The journey is a visual feast, leading to an immersive exploration of the ice cave within the glacier. 

Discover the fascinating world of glacial science at the Glaciorium, offering profound insights into these icy giants.

Spend the night in Chamonix.

From start to finish, Joshua and Rilana our tour guides demonstrated the utmost patience and care for our needs, ensuring that every moment was enjoyable. Their attention to detail and willingness to customize the tour to our interests was unparalleled. Their enthusiasm was palpable, which made the experience truly memorable. Excellent time management and people skills were evident throughout the day. We were thoroughly impressed with the level of service provided throughout our nature-filled tour. They showed us hidden locations and the best spots for pictures, ensuring that we left with unforgettable memories. We can't thank them enough for being patient and caring for our needs all day, and we highly recommend Private Tours Switzerland services to anyone looking for an exceptional tour experience.
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Day 7: Chamonix Continued

Chamonix Village, France

Chamonix’s Grands Montets invites you to embrace the alpine wilderness, offering exhilarating ski runs in winter and serene hiking paths in summer.

Spa Serenity

Indulge in Chamonix’s luxurious spas for a rejuvenation session. Alpine-inspired treatments and thermal baths provide a sanctuary of relaxation, surrounded by the awe-inspiring alpine landscape.

Chamonix Valley from Above

Take to the skies with a paragliding journey over the Chamonix Valley, offering a bird’s-eye view of Mont Blanc and the expansive alpine scenery.

Evening in Chamonix Valley

As the day wanes, explore the quaint villages dotting the Chamonix Valley. Experience alpine life in Argentière and Les Houches, enjoying the tranquil ambiance, local cuisine, and artisanal crafts against the serene backdrop of the French Alps.

Day 8: Enter Switzerland and Discover Zermatt

Old Hinterdorf Quarter, Zermatt Village, Switzerland

From Chamonix, it’s just a short drive to cross the border into Switzerland, where we begin the next leg of our itinerary and continue to Zermatt, at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn Mountain.

Matterhorn Museum

Embark on a journey through time with a private tour of the Matterhorn Museum – Zermatlantis. Your guide will help explain the attractions and exhibits as you uncover tales of daring mountaineers and the evolution of this charming alpine town.

Zermatt Old Town Exploration

After the museum, you step outside with your guide on an exploration of Zermatt’s Old Town with your knowledgeable guide. 

Wander through its winding streets lined with traditional wooden chalets, ancient churches, and bustling marketplaces. Gain insight into the town’s rich heritage as you absorb the charm of its historic architecture and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of alpine life past and present.

Overnight in Zermatt.

Day 9: Zermatt’s Natural Wonders

Gornergrat Train Station, Zermatt, Switzerland

Awaken early to witness a truly magical sight – the sunrise over the Matterhorn and surrounding peaks from the summit of Gornergrat. 

Let the breathtaking vistas wash over you as the first light of dawn illuminates the majestic Alps, casting a golden glow over the landscape and creating a moment of pure awe and wonder.

Hiking the Trails of Zermatt

Our tour planning team will consult with you ahead of time to determine your experience and capabilities when it comes to exploring Zermatt’s scenic trails.

Whatever the case, we will be able to recommend a guided path that will allow you to enjoy the lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, and serene mountain lakes tucked away amidst the peaks. 

Tailored to your preferences and fitness level, these hikes offer the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and experience the beauty of Zermatt up close.

Zermatt by Night

As night falls over Zermatt, embark on a guided nighttime walk beneath the star-studded sky. 

Learn about the constellations that adorn the heavens above and listen to captivating local legends and stories passed down through generations.

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Day 10: Lauterbrunnen, Valley of 72 Waterfalls

Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

Departing from Zurich with your private driver guide, enjoy a scenic 1-hour ride to Lake Lungern, a tranquil mountain lake boasting stunning vistas perfect for capturing lasting memories.

Village of Lauterbrunnen

Continue your journey to the charming alpine village of Lauterbrunnen, nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps. 

Take a leisurely walk through the village, visiting some of its most iconic spots and marveling at the tallest waterfall in Switzerland. 

Your guide will lead you to hidden gems, ensuring you experience the true essence of this picturesque locale.

Valley of 72 Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the Valley of 72 Waterfalls, where the verdant landscape is adorned with cascading waterfalls. 

Witness the majesty of nature as you stroll through this idyllic valley, breathing in the fresh mountain air and marveling at the beauty that surrounds you.

Swiss Mountain BBQ in Stechelberg

Indulge in an unforgettable Swiss Mountain BBQ in Stechelberg, savoring the delectable flavors of traditional Swiss cuisine amidst breathtaking mountain scenery. 

Relax and unwind as you enjoy a feast fit for royalty, prepared with care by local chefs!

Cable Car Ride to Gimmelwald

Next, our itinerary will see you take a picturesque cable car ride to Gimmelwald, a charming mountain village offering awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks, including the famous Jungfrau and Eiger. 

Take in the panoramic vistas as you ascend to this serene mountain retreat, where time seems to stand still.

Overnight in Lauterbrunnen.

Day 11: Interlaken and Jungfraujoch

Harder Kulm Panorama, Interlaken, Switzerland

Kickstart your day with an early one-hour transfer to Interlaken, a gem cradled by the pristine waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

Exploring Interlaken

Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour of Interlaken, getting acquainted with its vibrant streets and lush surroundings. The town, a haven for adrenaline enthusiasts, also offers peaceful moments by the lakeside. 

Seize the opportunity for some leisure time, whether you’re inclined to explore local boutiques for unique finds or simply savor a coffee with picturesque lake views as your backdrop. 

Interlaken’s harmonious blend of excitement and tranquility sets the perfect tone for the adventures that await.

Journey to Jungfraujoch

Proceed to Lauterbrunnen to board the cogwheel train to Kleine Scheidegg, then transfer to the Jungfrau Railway, ascending to Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe.”

Explore the Ice Palace, Sphinx Observatory, and the breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier.

After descending, your private driver will take you back to your accommodation in Interlaken for a well-deserved rest!

Day 12: Lucerne Day Trip

The Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Famed for its medieval architecture and gorgeous lake, Lucerne, just one hour away from Interlaken, makes for an incredible guided day trip.

Chapel Bridge & Old Town Charm

Begin your Lucerne adventure by stepping back in time in the Old Town, a maze of cobblestone streets flanked by medieval buildings. 

The highlight is the Chapel Bridge, an iconic 14th-century wooden structure, where your guide will unveil its storied past and significance to Lucerne.

As you wander through the Old Town, your guide will introduce you to Lucerne’s historical landmarks, including the Water Tower and Jesuit Church. You will also have opportunities to indulge in Swiss chocolates and other local specialties, enhancing your cultural immersion.

Lion Monument & The Glacier Garden Experience

Next, visit the poignant Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards, with its compelling history and emotional impact. A short walk away lies the Glacier Garden, where you’ll marvel at natural glacial potholes and explore exhibitions that delve into Switzerland’s Ice Age past.

Mount Pilatus

The journey continues with a cable car ride to Mount Pilatus, offering breathtaking views of Lucerne and the Alps. At the summit, indulge in the panoramic splendor, with your guide pointing out key geographical and historical features.

Mount Pilatus also offers a range of activities, from hiking to dining at mountain-top restaurants. Your guide will tailor the experience to your interests, ensuring a memorable day filled with natural beauty and adventure.

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Conclude your day with a serene cruise on Lake Lucerne. Your guide will share tales of the region’s history and point out significant landmarks along the shore against the backdrop of the majestic Swiss Alps.

Return to Interlaken with your driver guide for the evening.

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Day 13: Zurich

Grossmünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland

On the penultimate day of your itinerary, we reach Zurich, which will be your base for the final 2 nights of our 14-day Switzerland and France itinerary.

Get orientated with the city by joining your guide for a tour of the old town.

Grossmünster and Fraumünster

Witness the architectural splendor of the Grossmünster and Fraumünster and soak in the city’s vibrant culture. The excursion gently leads you to the peaceful banks of Lake Zurich, providing a soothing respite from the urban hustle.

National Museum

Continue your exploration at the Swiss National Museum, a majestic structure reminiscent of a storybook castle.

Here, discover the intricate narrative of Switzerland’s past, from its earliest days to the present. The museum’s vast collection showcases the country’s cultural and historical journey, making it a must-visit for those looking to understand the Swiss ethos, all conveniently located near Zurich’s center.

Artistic Discovery in Zurich

Cap off your day with an exploration of Zurich’s vibrant arts scene.

Take an evening stroll through the bustling Zurich West district, once an industrial zone, now reborn as a hub for contemporary art, innovative design shops, and cutting-edge cultural venues.

Relax in one of the area’s cozy cafes or stylish bars, fully immersing yourself in the creative spirit that defines modern Zurich. 

Day 14: Exploring Stein am Rhein and The Rhine Falls

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

We have designed your final day of our 2 weeks in France and Switzerland tour to provide the perfect balance between the quaint charm of Stein am Rhein with the raw, majestic power of the Rhine Falls, on your final day trip from Zurich.

Stein am Rhein

Your day starts with a scenic drive to Stein am Rhein, where history is etched into every corner and facade.

This town is a testament to medieval times, with buildings that narrate tales of old through their stunning frescoes. As you walk down its cobbled streets, the vivid depictions on the buildings transport you to another era, offering a glimpse into the lives and stories that have shaped this town. 

The heart of Stein am Rhein, Rathausplatz, is an architectural treasure trove, with the historic Town Hall at its core. Your guide will immerse you in the town’s storied past, visiting Stein am Rhein; a captivating beginning to your day.

The Majesty of Rhine Falls

Next, a short drive from Stein am Rhein’s serenity, you’ll find yourself face to face with the grandeur of the Rhine Falls, Europe’s mightiest waterfall.

Here, nature’s force is on full display as water plummets down, creating a breathtaking spectacle and an echo of untamed beauty. 

A boat journey takes you into the falls’ embrace, where the spray and stunning vistas create an exhilarating experience. The viewpoints around the falls provide unparalleled views, ensuring your visit to the Rhine Falls is an unforgettable highlight of your day.

As the day concludes, your private transfer will bring you back to Zurich, marking the end of a tour through the heart of France and Switzerland, rich in natural wonders and historical enchantment.

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