24 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

24 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Versailles, France
— 7 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Versailles, France — 7 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Versailles: Pont Jacques-Gabriel (in Blois), Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny) and Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church & Notre Dame de Grace). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles, look for gifts at L'adresse gourmande, don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Versailles road trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Versailles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get much colder in Versailles: highs are around 9°C and lows about 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks
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Paris, France — 7 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Le Marais, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Versailles to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Zurich.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and appreciate the history behind James Joyce's Grave.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip maker app.

You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 4 nights

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Explore Lauterbrunnen's surroundings by going to Massaschlucht (in Naters) and Riederalp (in Riederalp). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen online travel planner.

Drive from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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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