14 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

14 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Landesmuseum, Zoo Zurich and Niederdorf. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Lucerne in Lucerne (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, stop by Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in January, things will get colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Brienz, Lake Thun and Jungfraujoch. On the 24th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, explore the activities along Lake Thun, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.
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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 26th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain, and then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Zermatt day trip planner.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Chocolaterie de Geneve as well as Lake Geneva. On the 28th (Sat), stop by La Chocolaterie de Geneve, walk around Parc Des Bastions, and then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, then make a trip to The Flower Clock, and then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Geneva tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, visit Le Marais, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Geneva to Paris by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.
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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.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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