16 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Paris, France
— 9 nights
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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.
On the 21st (Tue), take a stroll through Old Town, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Naturstation Silberweide, then get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and then identify plant and animal life at BirdLife-Naturzentrum Neeracherried.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Zurich, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in February; daily highs in Zurich reach 7°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 day

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, then see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip builder website.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 day

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 24th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and then stop by Huggler Holzbildhauerei.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip builder tool.

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Interlaken are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 25th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zermatt attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 day

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 9 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

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You can take a train from Geneva to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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France travel guide

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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.
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