10 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

10 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Paris, France

— 2 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.
Disneyland Paris has been added to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, stroll through Île de la Cité, wander the streets of Place de la Bastille, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris holiday planner.

New Delhi, India to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Paris, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Paris: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, shop like a local with La Place Bellecour, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, then kick back and relax at Blue Beach, and finally make a trip to Avenue Jean Medecin.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nice online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lyon in December, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bern.

Things to do in Nice

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 29th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, then stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then contemplate the long history of Gruyeres Castle, and then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip builder.

Getting from Nice to Bern by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in December, with highs in Bern at 5°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hohle Gasse, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bern to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Lucerne sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

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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 1st (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip builder.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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France travel guide

4.3
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

4.7
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.