16 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Colmar, France
— 3 nights
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 day
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 2 nights


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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary site.

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, take a stroll through La Petite France, then look for gifts at Coutellerie Laguiole, and finally see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg attractions tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colmar.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Museums
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Colmar, France — 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 14th (Mon), take a stroll through Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, make a trip to Vieille Ville, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally cruise along Vins Sipp Mack.

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Bern (Aare River, Bundesplatz, &more). The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Weissenau-Naturschutzgebiet, shop like a local with Galerie Wydi, and get great views at Harderkulm.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Interlaken trip website.

Drive from Colmar to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colmar in November; daily highs in Interlaken reach 8°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.
Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 day

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 19th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald holiday planner.

Grindelwald is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
Tours · Nature · Historic Sites
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): ponder the design of Fontaine du Banneret, then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then take in panoramic vistas at Hammetschwand Lift, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel route builder site.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Lucerne are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Zurich.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 21st (Mon), visit Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich route planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November in Zurich, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Paris.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III, take a stroll through Le Marais, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive.
Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours
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France travel guide

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.

Switzerland travel guide

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.