16 days in Paris, Basel & Zurich Itinerary

16 days in Paris, Basel & Zurich Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights

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Paris, France

Paris ©

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip site.

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Basel.

Things to do in Paris

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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Basel, Switzerland

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Interlaken (Hohematte Park & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Bern (Clock Tower - Zytglogge, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more). There's much more to do: stop by Basel's Old Town, get great views at Pfalz, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, and don't miss a visit to Rathaus.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Basel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Basel, with lows of 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Lake Lucerne). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Zurich.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Old Town ©
Old Town

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