21 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Lille, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Attractions like Rigi and Old Town make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Zurich day trip tool.

Hong Kong, China to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Hong Kong in April, expect Zurich to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then get outside with Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 13th (Sat), get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then contemplate the long history of Gruyeres Castle, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Magdalena Hermitage. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon and then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon road trip planning website.

You can drive from Bern to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bern in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lyon, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Toulouse, France

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On your second day here, make a trip to Le Capitole, get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

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Getting from Lyon to Toulouse by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. April in Toulouse sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Lille, France

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Bring the kids along to LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lille: Carriere Wellington (in Arras), La Coupole (in Saint-Omer) and Le Moulin de la Montagne (in Watten). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, get to know the fascinating history of Place aux Oignons, don't miss a visit to Vieux-Lille, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lille Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lille road trip app.

Fly from Toulouse to Lille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Toulouse in April, expect nights in Lille to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Bring the kids along to Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris vacation planning app.

You can take a train from Lille to Paris in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.

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.