13 days in Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27 h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary website.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Sydney to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Paris is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

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 31st (Sun): stop by Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs, look for gifts at Kirchhofer - Casino Gallery, and then look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet. Keep things going the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Mad Cow, and then learn something new at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Paris to Bern in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Bern to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Interlaken
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mad Cow ©
Mad Cow

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, get outside with Monta Rosa Hut, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen
Alpine Adventures Zermatt (Fly Zermatt) ©

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church. On the next day, wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

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