26 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

26 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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26 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly + tram:  19​h 45​min
1
Lyon, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 10 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parc de la Tete d'Or and La Roche de Solutre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cite medievale de Perouges and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Museum and site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal Vienne (in Vienne), Lac du Bourget (in Aix-les-Bains) and Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cormatin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of Cluny, steep yourself in history at Jardin des fontaines petrifiantes, and delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary maker website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Lyon is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Lyon. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July; daily highs in Lyon reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Abbey of Cluny, Grotte de Choranche, Lac du Bourget, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, La Roche de Solutre
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Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Chateau de Cormatin ©
Chateau de Cormatin

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take in the awesome beauty at Schynige Platte, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Interlaken takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, Interlaken is a bit cooler than Lyon - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Bern, Schynige Platte, Trümmelbachfälle
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Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

10
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Visit Heididorf and Convent of St. Gall for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Seebad Eich and Ufschotti Park. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Cathedral (in St. Gallen), Basel (Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, Basel Paper Mill Museum, & more) and Seebad Seeliken (in Zug). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, and appreciate the views at Lac de Claus.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Lucerne route maker website .

Drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Basel, St. Gallen, Fondation Beyeler, Uferpromenade Weggis, Lac de Claus
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Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Chartres Cathedral and Palace of Versailles. Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy) and Capitainerie de Bonneval (in Bonneval). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, don't miss a visit to Ile Saint-Louis, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary app .

Getting from Lucerne to Paris by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Capitainerie de Bonneval, Chartres Cathedral, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral

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