10 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

10 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights


Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nice planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nice is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in September, things will get colder in Nice: highs are around 28°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly to Paris.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in September, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 8th (Thu), wander the streets of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

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You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

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

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.