18 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
1
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  19​h 30​min
End: Mumbai, India

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chaplin's World as well as Parasailing & Paragliding. Your inner history buff will appreciate Unspunnen Castle and Castle of Gruyeres. Get a sense of the local culture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Weissenau Castle. Step out of Interlaken with an excursion to HR Giger Museum in Gruyeres--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken road trip planning tool .

Mumbai, India to Interlaken is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Interlaken is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect Interlaken to be colder, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Tours Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Chaplin's World, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateau de Chillon as well as Gornergrat. Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and Golf Club Matterhorn. Change things up with a short trip to Spas in Leukerbad (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise and see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Spas
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You've now added Harrys Swiss Watch Center to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, make a trip to Schwanenplatz, explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, stop by Harrys Swiss Watch Center, then make a trip to The Nine Towers, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, take a leisurely stroll along Muhlenplatz, then take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, then view the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Luzern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lucerne takes 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Rigi ©
Rigi
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get outdoors at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Mt Pilatus. Do your shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Ufschotti Park & Verkehrshaus der Schweiz). There's more to do: wander the streets of Old Town and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Paris, Moulin Rouge and Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris. Do your shopping at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Paris online journey planner .

Getting from Zurich to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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