21 Day Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Discover Switzerland & France in 3 Weeks With Our Guided Tour

Our 21-day itinerary through the heart of Switzerland and France reveals majestic Alps, medieval citadels, lush vineyards and more.

In 3 weeks, you’ll travel from the serene waters of Lake Zurich to the historic streets of Paris. Experience the thrill of the Swiss peaks, the charm of Provençal villages, and the artistry of French cities.

Destinations on Our three-week Switzerland & France Itinerary

Day 1: Zurich Arrival

Day 2: Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein

Day 3: Uetliberg Viewpoint & Lake Zurich

Day 4: Mount Titlis Expedition

Day 5: Mount Pilatus

Day 6: Lucerne Guided Walking Tour

Day 7: Lauterbrunnen Valley

Day 8: Journey to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe

Day 9: Harder Kulm and Zermatt

Day 10: Exploring Geneva

Day 11: Lyon

Day 12: Avignon

Day 13: Day trip to Pont du Gard and Nîmes#13

Day 14: Aix-en-Provence

Day 15: Day trip to Marseille and Cassis

Day 16: Carcassonne

Day 17: Toulouse

Day 18: Bordeaux

Day 19: Day Trip to Saint-Émilion

Day 20: Paris

Day 21: Airport Transfer

Day 1: Zurich Arrival

Zurich, Switzerland

Our 3-week tour begins in Zurich, where you will be collected from the airport and delivered to your hotel before venturing out with your guide to explore the city.

Old Town Exploration

Begin your Zurich experience with a guided stroll through the enchanting Old Town, getting a feel for the city’s rich history and vibrant atmosphere.

Grossmünster and Fraumünster Highlights

Delve into the impressive architecture of the Grossmünster and Fraumünster, immersing yourself in the lively culture of Zurich. This part of the tour offers a peaceful transition to the idyllic Lake Zurich shores, providing a calm haven amidst the city’s buzz.

Swiss National Museum Insight

Proceed to the Swiss National Museum, an architectural wonder akin to something from a fairy tale.

Within its walls, you’ll uncover the complex tapestry of Switzerland’s history, from its foundation to the modern era. The museum’s comprehensive collection illustrates the nation’s cultural and historical evolution, making it an essential stop for those eager to grasp the essence of Switzerland, conveniently situated in Zurich’s heart.

Zurich by Night

Conclude your day by diving into Zurich’s dynamic art and culture scene.

An evening walk through the lively Zurich West district, a former industrial area transformed into a center for contemporary art, design studios, and avant-garde spaces, awaits you.

Settle into a snug café or a fashionable bar in this neighborhood, embracing the innovative and artistic energy that characterizes contemporary Zurich.

Day 2: Full-Day Guided Tour from Zurich: Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein

Rhine Falls, Switzerland

On day two, we have our first day trip on our itinerary. 

Rhine Falls Experience

The first major stop on your tour is the majestic Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. 

Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of an average of 700,000 liters of water per second crashing into the basin below. 

Take advantage of the panoramic lift to gain unique vantage points of the falls, allowing you to appreciate the scale and power of this natural wonder fully.

Stein am Rhein: A Medieval Gem

Following the Rhine Falls, your journey continues to Stein am Rhein, a town renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture. 

You can’t fail to be captivated by the beautifully frescoed facades of buildings that line the old town center. Key highlights include the church and the former monastery of St. George’s Abbey, each telling its own story of the town’s rich past.

Exploring Stein am Rhein’s Heritage

Stein am Rhein is more than just its picturesque streets; it’s a living museum where every corner tells a story. 

Your guide will lead you through the town, revealing the history and significance of its iconic buildings and the medieval frescoes that make Stein am Rhein a unique destination.

After a day filled with natural splendors and historical discoveries, you’ll embark on a leisurely drive back to Zurich with your private driver.

Day 3: Uetliberg Viewpoint & Lake Zurich

Uetliberg Mountain Viewpoint, Zurich, Switzerland

Day 3 is your last day in Zurich before we move on to the next section of our Switzerland and France adventure in Lucerne. 

As such, we want to give you a poignant and lasting memory of the natural beauty here, so you will ascend to the highest viewpoint in the city at Uetliberg before enjoying a tranquil cruise on Lake Zurich.

Uetliberg Mountain Tour

Uetliberg, Zurich’s very own mountain, offers an unparalleled panoramic view of the entire city of Zurich, the sparkling lake, and the majestic Alps in the distance. 

Uetliberg is not just about the views; it’s also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the numerous walking and biking trails that crisscross the mountain, each offering its own unique perspective of the surrounding landscapes. 

This tour provides a perfect blend of nature, adventure, and breathtaking vistas, making it an essential experience for any visitor to Zurich.

Private Cruise on Lake Zurich

Set sail on a private cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Zurich, an experience that epitomizes luxury and relaxation. 

As you glide across the crystal-clear waters, your captain will navigate through the lake’s most picturesque spots. The customizable itinerary allows you to tailor your journey, whether you wish to explore secluded coves, admire the charming lakeside towns, or simply bask in the panoramic vistas of the Swiss Alps. Each moment on the lake offers a new perspective on Zurich’s natural beauty.

Overnight in Zurich.

Day 4: Mount Titlis Expedition

Engelberg Village, Switzerland

On day 4, our Alpine adventure begins with a 1.5-hour drive from Zurich to Mount Titlis. 

From the quaint village of Engelberg, board the TITLIS Xpress gondola, ascending through breathtaking landscapes to the Trübsee mid-station. Here, your journey continues aboard the TITLIS Rotair, the world’s first revolving cable car, offering a 360-degree view of the awe-inspiring surroundings as you ascend to the summit.

Mount Titlis Summit

Reaching the summit at 3,062 meters, you’re greeted by a panoramic vista that stretches across the Engelberg Valley and dives into the glacial abyss below. The endless expanse of snow and ice, etched with deep crevasses, presents a spectacle of nature’s grandeur, inviting you to immerse yourself in the heart of the Alps.

Glacier Cave

Venture into the heart of the Titlis Glacier, where a 150-metre-long glacier cave awaits. This underground wonder, illuminated in ethereal blue, offers an intimate encounter with the icy core of the mountain. 

Transfer to Lucerne

After your descent from Mount Titlis, your private driver will be waiting to take you to the nearby medieval town of Lucerne for the next section of your trip.

Day 5: Mount Pilatus

Cable Car to Mount Pilatus, Switzerland

Your second day of exploring the peaks of the Swiss Alps gets underway as we prepare to reach the summit of Mount Pilatus! Your expedition commences with a scenic drive from Lucerne, setting the stage for the day’s ascent to the summit.

Aboard the World’s Steepest Cogwheel Railway

The heart of your adventure beats with a ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, a marvel of engineering that climbs the rugged terrains of Mount Pilatus. 

As the cogwheel bites into the mountain’s flank, you’ll ascend through lush alpine meadows and past sheer rock faces, each turn revealing ever-more stunning panoramas of the Swiss Alps.

Depart the carriage at the summit of Mount Pilatus as the grandeur of nature unfolds before you, inviting you to revel in the beauty of the high alpine world.

Dragon Legends of Mount Pilatus and Alpine Trails

Mount Pilatus is shrouded in myth, with tales of dragons and ancient giants woven into its history. 

Explore the Dragon Path, where legend meets the landscape, and discover the mythical stories that have colored the mountain’s past. Venture along scenic trails with varying degrees of difficulty, each path providing unique vantage points and intimate encounters with the mountain’s diverse flora and fauna.

Descent via Aerial Panorama Gondolas

Your return journey from the summit offers a different perspective as you board the aerial panorama gondolas. 

Glide smoothly over the alpine landscapes, the gondola’s transparent walls providing unobstructed views of the descending terrains and the patchwork of meadows and forests below.

Your driver will be waiting at the foot of the mountain for your return journey to Lucerne.

Great day tour! Marc picked our family of four up from the Zurich airport during a long 12 hour layover for a day tour of the sights. We went to many great lesser known hidden gems and views! This included the amazing country side with cows/sheep, cheese factory, William Tell, great picnic with raclette, and waterfalls!. Marc was very flexible an tailored the day to what we wanted to see and do.
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Day 6: Lucerne Guided Walking Tour

Jesuit Church in Lucerne, Switzerland

Join your private guide to begin your private walking tour in Lucerne, a city where the essence of central Switzerland is distilled into its picturesque landscapes and rich historical tapestry. 

Chapel Bridge and Water Tower

The day’s first highlight is the iconic Chapel Bridge, a symbol of Lucerne’s medieval heritage. As one of Europe’s oldest covered wooden bridges, it is a testament to the city’s historical depth, complete with captivating gable paintings narrating Lucerne’s past. 

Stroll alongside the Water Tower, another emblematic landmark, and delve into the stories that have shaped the city over centuries.

Musegg Wall: A Fortified Legacy

Venture to the Musegg Wall, an imposing fortification that has stood the test of time, with its majestic towers offering panoramic views of the city and beyond. 

This well-preserved bastion serves as a reminder of Lucerne’s strategic importance in the past, inviting you to walk along its ramparts and immerse yourself in the city’s storied history.

Old Town Exploration: Frescoes and Squares

The next destination on our Lucerne tour is the car-free old town, where historic houses adorned with intricate frescoes frame the quaint town squares. 

Your guide will lead you to the Weinmarkt square, a picturesque setting that encapsulates the charm of Lucerne’s architectural heritage, offering a glimpse into the daily life and artistic prowess of its residents through the ages.

Lucerne’s religious architecture tells its own story, with the Jesuit Church as Switzerland’s first Baroque sacral edifice. The twin towers of the Hofkirche add a distinctive silhouette to the cityscape, inviting you to explore their interiors and the rich religious art they house.

Reflect on the poignant Lion Monument carved into the rock as a tribute to the Swiss guards’ valor. Nearby, the Bourbaki Panorama offers an immersive experience with its mammoth circular painting, transporting you to pivotal historical moments through its vast, detailed portrayal.

Lakeside at Lake Lucerne

As your day in Lucerne draws to a close, unwind with a stroll along the lakefront. 

Bid farewell to Lucerne as you savor the peaceful ambiance, gentle lap of waves, and majestic alpine backdrop before your driver guide delivers you to Interlaken for the next section of our itinerary.

Day 7: Lauterbrunnen Valley

Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

Begin your day with a scenic drive to the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where your guide will introduce you to the valley’s geological wonders and the rich tapestry of flora and fauna that call this place home.

Staubbach Falls: A Majestic Curtain of Water

The first highlight of your tour is the awe-inspiring Staubbach Falls. Plummeting from nearly 300 meters, it’s among Europe’s highest free-falling waterfalls. 

Stand at the base and feel the mist on your face as your guide recounts tales of the waterfall’s significance in local folklore and its inspiration to poets and artists over the centuries.

Lauterbrunnen Village

Your guide will lead you through the quaint streets of Lauterbrunnen village. Admire the traditional Swiss chalets and the historic St. Beatus Church, and learn about the village’s pastoral heritage and its evolution into a beloved alpine destination.


After a leisurely lunch, set off for Grindelwald, a village cradled in an emerald valley beneath the towering Eiger North Face. Known as the “Eiger village.” 

Explore Grindelwald’s alpine legacy, from the pioneering days of mountaineering to the advent of winter sports that transformed the village into a premier ski destination. Learn about the historic first ascent of the Eiger and how Grindelwald became synonymous with alpine exploration.

Take the gondola to Grindelwald-First, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you choose to hike amidst stunning alpine flora, glide down the mountainside on the First Flyer, or simply soak in the views of the iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, your guide will ensure an unforgettable experience.

As the sun begins to set, your private driver will escort you back to Lucerne.

Day 8: Journey to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch, Sphinx Observatory, Switzerland

Today, you will travel to the highest point in Europe as you make your way from Interlaken to the enchanting village of Grindelwald.

Ascent to Eiger Glacier

In Grindelwald, board the modern cable car for a swift 15-minute ascent to the Eiger Glacier station. 

As you glide upwards, the dramatic north face of the Eiger looms close, offering a unique perspective on this iconic peak. Your guide will share tales of triumph and tragedy that have unfolded on its sheer walls, adding depth to your alpine experience.


Transfer to the cogwheel train that winds its way up to Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe.” 

Situated at an awe-inspiring altitude of 3,454 meters. The journey itself is an experience, with vistas of alpine meadows and rocky crags giving way to the snowbound expanse of the high Alps.

At the summit, your guide will lead you through the Alpine Sensation, a journey commemorating the centennial of the Jungfrau Railway, where history and the harsh beauty of the alpine environment converge.

Sphinx Observatory

Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace for unparalleled views of the Aletsch Glacier, flanked by 4,000-meter peaks. 

The vista extends across the Swiss Mittelland to the Vosges, offering a breathtaking perspective on the heart of Europe.

Our day at Jungfraujoch ends with a scenic train ride back to Lauterbrunnen, where your driver awaits to escort you back to Interlaken.

Day 9: Harder Kulm & Zermatt

Harder Kulm Panorama, Interlaken, Switzerland

On day 9 of your itinerary, you’ll embark on a half-day tour at Harder Kulm departing from Interlaken before taking the Glacier Express to Zermatt.

Harder Kulm Exploration

Our first stop on this excursion is the majestic Harder Kulm, often referred to as the “king’s mountain” of Interlaken. 

Rising to an impressive height of 1,322 meters above sea level, the Harder Kulm offers unparalleled panoramic views of Lake Brienz, Lake Thun, and the iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks.

Geneva in the Evening

After you Harder Kulm experience, your private driver will transfer you to Geneva as we approach the final leg of the Swiss part of our 3 week tour itinerary.

Day 10: Exploring Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

This will be your final full day in Switzerland, and what better way to spend it than exploring Geneva with your private guide?

From luxurious shopping along Rue du Rhône to exploring the historic Old Town and enjoying stunning views of the Jet d’Eau, Geneva offers guests an unforgettable mix of experiences.

Explore Geneva Old Town

Admire the beautiful architecture, quaint cobblestone streets, and iconic landmarks of Geneva, such as St. Pierre Cathedral and Maison Tavel. Don’t forget to stop by Place du Bourg-de-Four, one of the oldest squares in Geneva, bustling with cafes and shops.

Visit the Patek Philippe Museum

Head to the Patek Philippe Museum, located in the Plainpalais district. 

Explore the fascinating world of watchmaking and horology through the extensive collection of timepieces, including watches, clocks, and enamels dating back to the 16th century.

Jet d’Eau and Lake Geneva

Walk down to the iconic Jet d’Eau, perhaps Geneva’s most famous landmarks. 

Marvel at the impressive fountain shooting water 140 meters into the air against the backdrop of Lake Geneva. Take a stroll along the lake promenade, enjoying the scenic views and perhaps stopping for an ice cream along the way.

Shopping on Rue du Rhône

 If you’re interested in luxury shopping, head to Rue du Rhône, Geneva’s premier shopping street lined with upscale boutiques and designer stores. Treat yourself to some Swiss chocolate or browse for high-end watches and jewelry.

Return to your hotel in the early evening as you prepare to cross the border into France the following day.

It was a magnificent tour and I’m so glad to book this. Our tour guide Fabian was excellent, he was very informative, knowledgeable, had lots of patience, very personable and perfect photographer. Every spot we visited was beautiful and not crowded as promised by the tour. Completely worth for the money.
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Day 11: Enter France & Tour of Lyon

Saint-Jean Cathedral, Lyon, France

Welcome to France, and in particular to Lyon, a city renowned for its vibrant cultural scene and exquisite cuisine. As the third-largest city in France, it effortlessly combines the charm of ancient architecture with the dynamism of modern life.

The transfer time from Geneva to Lyon is just one and a half hours with your private driver.

Lyon Walking Tour

Upon arrival in Lyon, our exploration begins in the city’s historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that captivates with its cobbled streets and Renaissance architecture. 

Fourvière Hill

Our first landmark, Fourvière Hill, known as “the hill that prays,” offers panoramic views of Lyon. 

Dominated by the majestic Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, this area is not only a spiritual center but also a treasure trove of ancient ruins, including the Roman theater and Odeon, harkening back to Lyon’s days as Lugdunum, the capital of Roman Gaul.


Next, we delve into the unique architectural feature of Lyon, the Traboules. 

These hidden passageways, primarily located in the old town and the Croix-Rousse district, were originally used by silk manufacturers and workers to transport their goods. 

Wandering through these secret corridors offers a glimpse into the city’s intriguing past and the ingenuity of its inhabitants.

Day 12: Lyon to Avignon

Avignon, Medieval City of the Popes, Switzerland

After a brief two-hour journey from Lyon, we enter Avignon, a city once the center of the Catholic world. Every stone and street corner here narrates a piece of the grand, complex history that shaped this city and its significance in medieval Europe.

Palais des Papes

Our first destination in Avignon is the imposing Palais des Papes, symbolizing the church’s influence in the 14th century. 

This fortress and palace, one of the largest Gothic buildings in Europe, was the residence of seven Popes and stands as a testament to Avignon’s historical significance. 

Its grand halls and intricate frescoes reveal the opulence and power that once emanated from this majestic structure.

Pont d’Avignon

Next, we venture to the legendary Pont d’Avignon, officially known as Pont Saint-Bénézet. 

Gaze upon the weathered stones and crumbling arches that whisper tales of centuries past. As you stroll along its remaining structure, immerse yourself in the ambiance of bygone eras and connect with the countless souls who once crossed this historic landmark.

Private Gardens of the Papal Palace

Lastly, our journey takes a more secluded turn as we explore the private gardens of the Papal Palace. 

These hidden oases provide a tranquil retreat from the bustling city streets, with manicured lawns, ancient trees, and flowering shrubs framing stunning views of Avignon and the surrounding countryside.


Day 13: Day trip to Pont du Gard and Nîmes

Pont du Gard, Provence in France

Prepare for an enchanting day trip that bridges the ancient Roman world with the present. 

Pont du Gard and Nîmes are two remarkable destinations, each a testament to Roman civilization’s grandeur and engineering prowess, set against the picturesque backdrop of the French countryside.

Pont du Gard

Our initial destination is the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that stands as a monument to Roman architectural and engineering brilliance. 

This three-tiered structure, elegantly spanning the Gardon River, was crucial in supplying water to the Roman colony of Nemausus, now known as Nîmes. Your guide will discuss the intricacies and precision of its construction along with the historic moments that the Pont du Gard has featured in over the centuries.


Continuing our journey, we arrive in Nîmes, a city where the Roman spirit is etched into every corner, from the ancient arenas to the temple facades. 

Nîmes, often referred to as the “Rome of France,” is a living museum, its streets and squares narrating stories of gladiators, gods, and the everyday lives of those who walked here millennia ago.

In the heart of the city stands the Arena of Nîmes, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. As we step inside, the echoes of the past surround us, transporting us to a time when this colossal structure was alive with the roars of spectators and the drama of gladiatorial combat. 

Maison Carrée

A short walk from the arena leads us to the Maison Carrée, a beautifully preserved Roman temple that exemplifies classical Roman architecture. 

With its Corinthian columns and imposing façade, the Maison Carrée stands as a testament to the religious and civic life of ancient Rome, its elegance and symmetry offering a peaceful contrast to the bustling energy of the arena.

Day 14: Avignon to Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, France

Today, our 3 week itinerary takes us from the medieval grandeur of Avignon to the refined elegance of Aix-en-Provence. 

This city, known for its vibrant atmosphere, chic boulevards, and deep artistic heritage, captures the essence of French joie de vivre, making it a jewel in the crown of Provence.

Cours Mirabeau

Our exploration begins on the iconic Cours Mirabeau, a wide thoroughfare shaded by rows of plane trees. 

This bustling avenue, lined with elegant cafes and grand mansions, serves as the heart of Aix-en-Provence, inviting us to stroll and soak in the vibrant street life. The play of light through the leaves and the gentle murmur of fountains along the boulevard encapsulate the relaxed elegance of Aix.

Aix Markets

Delving deeper into the city’s lively atmosphere, we encounter the colorful markets of Aix-en-Provence. 

Here, the scent of fresh lavender, the vivid hues of Provencal fabrics, and the bustling energy of locals and visitors alike create a tapestry of sensory experiences. The markets offer a chance to engage with the local culture, taste regional delicacies, and perhaps find a unique souvenir among the artisanal crafts and fresh produce.

Atelier Cézanne

No visit to Aix-en-Provence would be complete without paying homage to one of its most famous sons, Paul Cézanne. 

Enjoy a guided tour of Atelier Cézanne, the studio where the artist created some of his most significant works. Stepping into this preserved space, we are enveloped in the intimate world of Cézanne, where every object and viewpoint offers insight into his innovative approach to light, color, and form.

Day 15: Day trip to Marseille and Cassis

Marseille, Longchamp Castle Source Statue Cascade, France

Today, we have a day trip scheduled to the dynamic port city of Marseille, France’s oldest city, where history, culture, and maritime heritage converge in a lively urban tapestry.

Vieux Port (Old Port)

In Marseille, the Vieux Port lies at the heart of the city’s maritime legacy, a vibrant harbor brimming with fishing boats, yachts, and the gentle ebb and flow of sea life. 

Strolling along the quayside, we’re immersed in the daily rhythm of the city, where the scent of fresh seafood, the sound of seagulls, and the sight of Fort Saint-Jean guarding the entrance to the port paint a vivid picture of Marseille’s enduring connection to the sea.

Le Panier

Just a stone’s throw from the bustling port, we delve into the historic district of Le Panier. With its narrow streets, colorful facades, and artistic vibe, Le Panier exudes the charm of old Marseille. 

Each corner reveals a boutique, a local eatery, or a striking mural, inviting us to lose ourselves in the stories and creative spirit that permeate this bohemian quarter.

Cassis and the Calanques

Next, your guide will take you to the enchanting town of Cassis, a gem nestled between dramatic cliffs and sheltered coves. 

The highlight of our visit is a boat trip to the Calanques, a series of striking limestone inlets that carve the coastline between Marseille and Cassis. 

I spent an amazing time on the Private Day Tour from Zurich with Marc who was showing Switzerland with such passion that make you really love this country! Apart from showing Swiss Villages and Farmhouses, Marc showed some hidden hiking ways that lead you to amazing lakes that during winter are covered with snow and that made me so mesmerized! Marc was well prepared for our tour, he really knows a lot about his home and it was a pleasure to spend my time with him. I really enjoyed being in Switzerland, the food and our picnic on fresh air and highly recommend this trip for whose who want to see the soul of Swiss nature beauties!
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Day 16: Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne

Carcassonne, France

Rise early on day 16 as we have a 3-hour journey (including a stop for breakfast) in store as your driver guide brings you to the legendary Carcassonne, a bastion of medieval history and architectural grandeur recognized by UNESCO for its remarkable preservation.

Medieval Citadel of Carcassonne

Upon entering the formidable gates of Carcassonne’s citadel, we are transported to the Middle Ages, when knights, merchants, and artisans once roamed these cobbled streets. 

The citadel, or “La Cité,” as it’s affectionately known, stands as one of the most intact medieval fortifications in Europe, its double-walled ramparts and 52 towers offering a formidable testament to medieval military architecture. 

Exploring this ancient stronghold, with its Gothic cathedral, quaint shops, and hidden courtyards, is like walking through the pages of a history book. Each stone tells a story of siege, sanctuary, and survival.

Day 17: Carcassonne to Toulouse

Place du Capitole, Toulouse, France

Transitioning from the medieval splendor of Carcassonne, our journey continues as we head towards Toulouse, a city where the pastel hues of its buildings reflect the rosy glow of dawn, earning it the affectionate nickname “La Ville Rose” or “The Pink City.”

The Red-Brick Facades of Toulouse

Strolling through the streets of Toulouse, we’re embraced by the warm glow of red-brick buildings, a characteristic feature that gives the city its distinctive color palette. 

Place du Capitole

The heart of Toulouse beats in the Place du Capitole, a grand square bordered by the Capitole building, which houses the city hall and the esteemed Théâtre du Capitole. 

The square, a vast expanse of pink and gray cobblestones, is a vibrant gathering place, alive with cafes, markets, and the pulse of city life. 

The façade of the Capitole, adorned with grand columns and intricate sculptures, stands as a testament to Toulouse’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Aerospace Exploration

Toulouse’s pioneering spirit is most evident in its status as a European aerospace hub, home to Airbus and the Cité de l’Espace (City of Space). 

This innovative spirit infuses the city with forward-looking energy, where educational institutions, research centers, and the aerospace industry propel Toulouse into the future while remaining deeply rooted in its historical and architectural heritage.

Day 18: Toulouse to Bordeaux

Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux, France

As we approach the final leg of our three-week itinerary, you will make the 2-hour journey to Bordeaux, a city synonymous with the refined elegance of its wines and the striking beauty of its architecture.

Historic Center of Bordeaux

Upon arrival, the vibrant heart of Bordeaux unfolds before us, with its grand boulevards and classical facades that our guide brings to life through tales of the city’s past. 

As we traverse the UNESCO-listed historic center, our guide unveils the stories behind the monumental Place de la Bourse, with its stunning reflection in the Miroir d’eau and the gothic splendor of the Saint-André Cathedral. 

Each narrative not only illuminates the architectural feats but also the cultural and historical context that shaped Bordeaux into a city of enlightenment and beauty.

Wine Tastings in the Vineyards

The essence of Bordeaux’s world-renowned reputation is best experienced through the sensory journey of a wine tasting guided by the expertise of our local guide. 

As we venture into the verdant vineyards surrounding the city, the guide shares insights into the meticulous art of winemaking, from the terroir that nurtures the vines to the centuries-old traditions that infuse each bottle with its unique character. 

Tasting sessions at select estates offer a palette of flavors and stories of the families and winemakers dedicated to the craft, connecting us intimately to the land and its produce.

Day 19: Day Trip to Saint-Émilion

Saint-Émilion, France

Our ninth day invites us to explore beyond Bordeaux to the enchanting village of Saint-Émilion, where medieval history and viticulture intertwine amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Dordogne.

Medieval Village of Saint-Émilion

Stepping into Saint-Émilion feels like entering a storybook, with its cobblestone streets and limestone buildings that our guide animates with tales of the village’s origins and heritage. 

We learn of the monk Émilion, whose legacy permeates the town, and the monolithic church carved from the rock, a marvel of medieval engineering. Our guide’s stories lead us through ancient cloisters and past centuries-old wine cellars, making the past palpable and intertwining the village’s architectural wonders with its deep-rooted wine culture.

Day 20: Bordeaux to Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

The final destination on our three-week itinerary through Switzerland and France is upon us, as we transition from the vineyard-laced landscapes of Bordeaux to the iconic grandeur of Paris. 

This three-hour journey brings us to the heart of French culture, history, and art.

Eiffel Tower

Our Parisian adventure begins with the unmistakable silhouette of the Eiffel Tower, a symbol of architectural ingenuity and the enduring spirit of the French people. 

Our guide shares the tale of its creation for the 1889 World’s Fair, initially met with skepticism yet now beloved as a global icon. Standing beneath its towering structure or ascending to its viewing platforms, we’re enveloped in the narratives of those who built, criticized, and ultimately embraced this iron marvel, each story enhancing the awe-inspiring view of Paris that unfolds from its summit.

Louvre Museum

Next, we delve into the heart of art and history at the Louvre Museum, the former royal palace turned treasure trove of human creativity. 

With our guide, we navigate the vast corridors filled with masterpieces, each artwork a gateway to another time and place. 

From the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile to Venus de Milo’s graceful forms, our guide illuminates the stories behind the art, connecting us to the artists, patrons, and historical contexts that have shaped this unparalleled collection.


As the day wanes, we ascend to the bohemian heights of Montmartre, a district that has long been the sanctuary of artists, writers, and dreamers. 

Discover its winding streets with your guide recounting tales of the luminaries who found inspiration and refuge here, from Picasso to Van Gogh. At the summit, the white domes of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica offer a serene backdrop as we overlook the city, the guide’s stories mingling with the panorama of Paris stretching out below.

We had an amazing time with this private tour! Joshua gave us all the details and informative knowledge. It was really fun! We had amazing time. The sights were amazing. Thank you for this amazing tour!
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Day 21: Airport Transfer

On your final day, a heartfelt goodbye to your private driver at Charles de Gaulle Airport marks the end of an unforgettable 21-day journey, leaving you with lasting memories.

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Our founders, Marc and Joshua, have been helping our guests realize their dream vacation in Switzerland for over six years. Wherever you wish to explore in Switzerland, contact our local specialists today, and they will start hand-crafting a complimentary bespoke itinerary just for you.