12 days in Switzerland, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Strandbad Mythenquai. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Ufschotti Park & Chapel Bridge). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Zurich tour itinerary planner.

Mumbai, India to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Zurich is minus 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mumbai in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally explore the galleries of Atomium. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Place St. Gery, examine the collection at Beer Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise des Carmes, and finally see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary app.

Fly from Zurich to Brussels in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally go for a walk through Walplein. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges, get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, then make a trip to The Markt, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Salvador Dali Exhibition.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bruges journey builder site.

Drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. And it doesn't end there: visit Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Bruges in July, you will find days in Paris are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Belgium travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.