11 days in Switzerland, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Landesmuseum. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, get a taste of the local shopping with Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, and see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip builder site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Zurich is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September in Zurich, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Beaches Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Explore hidden gems such as Bains des Paquis and The Geneva Water Fountain. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale de St-Pierre and Maison Tavel. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Montreux (Golden Pass Railway & Lakeside Promenade Fleuri). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve, see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, explore the ancient world of Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, and look for gifts at Franz Carl Weber Geneva.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Geneva are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Montreux
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the wide array of goods at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, then don't miss a visit to Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, and then kick back and relax at Paris Plage. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Le Marais and then look for gifts at Disney Village.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip website.

You can take a train from Geneva to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Disney Village
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Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann
Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore ©
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Jordaan and Amsterdam Roest. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Red Light District. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort, approximately Zandvoort away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, look for gifts at The American Book Center, view the masterpieces at TASCHEN Store Amsterdam, and admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online day trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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