16 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris online trip itinerary builder.

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in February; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice travel route planning app.

Fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Pfarrkirche Ernen (in Ernen), Riederalp (in Riederalp) and Saas-Fee (Saas Fee Ski Resort & Ice Pavilion). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt route planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Zermatt in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zurich online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Zurich are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.

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.