12 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona. Old Town and Hofkirche will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Pilatus Luzern (in Kriens) and Lake Lucerne (in Lucerne). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary maker .

Mexico City, Mexico to Zurich is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Zurich. While traveling from Mexico City, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Barenpark (in Bern) and Lenk im Simmental (Skigebiet Metsch & Skigebiet Betelberg). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken day trip planning website .

Drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get slightly colder in Interlaken: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lenk im Simmental, Maennlichen, Barenpark
Highlights from your plan
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Montmartre, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Interlaken to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Paris is somewhat warmer than Interlaken - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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