18 days in France, Switzerland & London Itinerary

18 days in France, Switzerland & London Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Colmar, France
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Montparnasse Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Place de la Concorde.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel planner.

Pune, India to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Pune to Paris, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll set off for Reims on the 25th (Tue).
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Reims, France — 1 night

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Reims journey planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Reims in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Reims are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 3 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim and then take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Maison Wolfberger, see the interesting displays at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, then examine the collection at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kaysersberg.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Reims to Colmar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Colmar sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. You'll set off for Zurich on the 29th (Sat).
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 29th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern and then take a stroll through Old Town. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 31st (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and then trek along 5 Lakes Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Furi Suspension Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip planning app.

Drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Geneva.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip builder.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Go for a jaunt from London to Hounslow to see Coda Falconry about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the views from Tower Bridge, admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our London vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Geneva to London. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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