12 days in France, Bruges & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Paris, France — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fondation Louis Vuitton and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Get in touch with nature at Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. January in Paris sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Bruges, Belgium — 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saint Nicholas Church and Adornesdomain & Jerusalem Chapel. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve & Museum Voor Schone Kunsten) and Antwerp (Rockoxhuis, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, take a leisurely stroll along Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, admire the masterpieces at Musea Sculpta, and make a trip to The Markt.

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You can take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Bruges are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Strasbourg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee Wurth, fly down the slopes at Station de Ski Le Champ du Feu, then see the interesting displays at Maison de la Manufacture d'Armes Blanches, and finally learn about winemaking at Vins d'Alsace Robert Blanck. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at MM Park France, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, and then relax in sumptuous surroundings at Hammam et Traditions.

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You can drive from Bruges to Strasbourg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
Museums · Baths · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Musee Paleontologique de Zurich, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Peter, and finally take a stroll through Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden and then look for all kinds of wild species at Naturzentrum Thurauen.

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Getting from Strasbourg to Zurich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

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.

Switzerland travel guide

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.