18 days in Switzerland & Annecy Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Annecy Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Annecy Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  9​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Montreux, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Annecy, France
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Swimming Pools Unter Letten and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Parapark Zurich ©
Parapark Zurich

3
nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Montreux is known for nature, museums, casinos, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, steep yourself in history at Musée de Montreux, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and go for a stroll along the water at Lake Geneva Marine (Genfersee Schifffahrt).

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Montreux trip planner.

Drive from Zurich to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri
Freddie Mercury Statue ©
Freddie Mercury Statue

4
nights
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.
Attractions like Bains des Paquis and Parc Animalier Pierre Challandes make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, get curious at CERN, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Geneva attractions app .

Traveling by train from Montreux to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Room Escape Games
CERN
CERN

4
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Annecy is known for nature, historic sites, adventure, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac d'Annecy, don't miss a visit to Pont des Amours, put a fun spin on your tour with Mysteres du Lac, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Annecy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
La Tournette ©
La Tournette
Parasailing & Paragliding

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