10 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

10 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Bern, Switzerland
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Interlaken, Switzerland
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Brig, Switzerland
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Andermatt, Switzerland
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Chur, Switzerland
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Paris, France

— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay and then admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary builder tool.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Bern.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
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Bern, Switzerland

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bern trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Paris to Bern takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Interlaken, Switzerland

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 7th (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Interlaken trip planner.

Getting from Bern to Interlaken by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bern in August, you will find days in Interlaken are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Interlaken

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
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Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First and then explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip itinerary planner.

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Interlaken. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

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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 10th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise and then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip app.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brig.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Brig, Switzerland

Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Stockalper Palace.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brig online tour planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Brig in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a train. August in Brig sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Andermatt.

Things to do in Brig

Historic Sites
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Andermatt, Switzerland

Andermatt is a mountain village and municipality in the canton of Uri in Switzerland. Plan my Andermatt trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can drive from Brig to Andermatt in 2 hours. On the 11th (Thu), you'll travel to Chur.

Things to do in Andermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
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Chur, Switzerland

Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chur trip maker tool.

You can drive from Andermatt to Chur in 2 hours. On the 11th (Thu), you're off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Chur

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

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Traveling by car from Chur to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Lucerne sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Childrens Museums · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Zoo Zurich and then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Zurich day trip website.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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

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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.