12 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train to Basel SBB, Bus to Mulhouse, Fly to Paris Orly
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Bern
Bern, Switzerland
— 4 nights


Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Lucerne and Rigi. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lion Monument & Verkehrshaus der Schweiz). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip planning tool.

Doha, Qatar to Zurich is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Zurich. In May, Zurich is cooler than Doha - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kids will enjoy Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Marne-la-Vallee to see Disneyland Paris about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and make a trip to Place de la Concorde.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris visit planning site.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Zurich to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bern.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Bern, Switzerland

— 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kids will enjoy Parasailing & Paragliding and Bundesplatz. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Adventure Park Seilpark Interlaken (in Interlaken), Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls (in Lauterbrunnen) and St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Monch.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bern trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Bern in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bern, with lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.