13 days in Paris, Amsterdam & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Paris, Amsterdam & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Paris, France — 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Jardins du Trocadero and National Museum of Natural History. Step out of Paris to go to Saint-Denis and see Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Paris Military School, see the interesting displays at Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, visit Quartier Montparnasse, and wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris sightseeing planner.

Mumbai, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Paris. While traveling from Mumbai, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

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 Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) and Marina Volendam. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Amersfoort (Amersfoort Zoo & Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren) and Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik (in Hoorn). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Amsterdam, stroll around Amsterdamse Bos, and contemplate the waterfront views at Singel.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel route tool.

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in August: highs in Amsterdam hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Geneva.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stop by Molard Souvenirs, stroll around Parc Bertrand, then take in the waterfront at Pointe de la Jonction, and finally stroll around Mon-Repos Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Geneva takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Geneva: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Montreux.
Parks · Shopping

Montreux, Switzerland — 1 night

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, and then explore the activities along Lac de Tanay.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Montreux trip planning website.

Drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zermatt.
Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): hike along 5 Lakes Walk, hike along Marmot Trail, then stop by Laderach, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Shopping

Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the waterfront at Nadelwehr, examine the collection at Richard Wagner Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Strandbad Lido, explore the fascinating underground world of Hollgrotten, and then head outdoors with Strandbad Zug.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Lucerne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

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.