My hubs and I are planning a trip to France and Switzerland from end Oct to mid Nov for about 18days in total. We are wondering what would be the best way to see both beautiful countries without breaking the bank and what would be the best itinerary of 'must-sees' as we would love to fully utilise the days that we have. We were thinking of balancing out the days equally but am open to any suggestions. It can include:
1) Places of interests
2) Iconic must-sees (besides the super famous ones)
3) Markets - weekend flea/craft etc
4) Food/cafes/restaurants (not necessary Michelin star ones-prefer the homely rustic yummy ones, but if there are some that are an absolute must, we are open to suggestions)
5) Shopping - mainly for me (ideally Prada outlets and watches - cartier, omega and tag)
6) Lourdes - for our pilgrimage if feasible
7) accommodation - not backpackers if possible. open for bed n breakfast etc but not too pricey with easy access to public transport and amnesties, and if possible to nice off the beaten track unforgettable experiences.
Hubs has decided we will not do a self-drive so we will probably have to either join a tour or short day tours when we arrive at each destinations respectively. Any advice on such tours and are they expensive? Or would it be better to just join a tour exiting from our place of origin?
We will be flying out from Singapore so will also need to anticipate the cold. How will the temperature be like?
Thank you all very much for your suggestions and advice in advance.