22 days in Switzerland, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 5 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Titlis (in Engelberg), Zurich (Lake Zurich, Old Town, &more) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). There's much more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and take in the awesome beauty at Rigi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne day trip tool.

Hyderabad, India to Lucerne is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hyderabad to Lucerne is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hyderabad in April, expect Lucerne to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of Zermatt with an excursion to Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach in Ernen--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Lucerne to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Village de Mougins (in Mougins), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Nice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paris, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 6 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Madurodam (in The Hague), Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and Maria van Jessekerk (in Delft). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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