17 days in Amsterdam, France & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Amsterdam, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Bandung, Indonesia
Fly + Train:  17 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 15 min
4
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 45 min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  22 h 15 min
End: Bandung, Indonesia

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue, then explore the activities along The Amstel, and then wander the streets of The Jordaan. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, then stop by De Kaaskamer, and finally examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Bandung, Indonesia to Amsterdam is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bandung in March, with highs in Amsterdam at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Portuguese Synagogue ©
Portuguese Synagogue

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. There's much more to do: visit Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Place de la Bourse and Chateau Beaurang. Visit Port of the Moon and Chateau Pape Clement for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac, Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche des Capucins, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Fleche Saint-Michel.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Bordeaux, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Saint-Emilion
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Chateau Laniote ©
Chateau Laniote

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the striking features of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, then admire the local landmark of Place des Jacobins, and finally examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Les Grottes de La Balme.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Lyon online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Lyon sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Les Grottes de La Balme, Cite medievale de Perouges
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Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Spas

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 22nd (Sun), stop by La Chocolaterie de Geneve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, stop by Vieux-Carouge, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Militaire Genevois, then examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, and finally examine the collection at Musee Ariana.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Geneva travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vieux-Carouge, Musee Militaire Genevois
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Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, then enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, then stop by Laderach, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: get around town with Gornergrat, trek along 5-Seenweg, and then explore the activities along Stellisee.

Plan my day in Zermatt using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Transportation
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Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Einkaufszentrum Glatt, then make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, and finally stop by Maurice de Mauriac.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zurich day trip planning tool.

Getting from Zermatt to Zurich by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Einkaufszentrum Glatt
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Niederdorf
Niederdorf

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