27 days in France, Finland & Switzerland Itinerary

27 days in France, Finland & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Levi, Finland
— 3 nights
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 3 nights
Inari, Finland
— 3 nights
Posio, Finland
— 2 nights
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Engelberg, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train to Zurich, Fly to Perth


Paris, France — 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Hotel de Ville are in your itinerary. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis in Saint-Denis, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

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Perth, Australia to Paris is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Perth to Paris. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Perth in January: high temperatures in Paris hover around 8°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Levi.
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Levi, Finland — 3 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Levi Ski Resort and Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Foxfires Arctic Spa Sauna Experience. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wingrens Dogsafaris and get engrossed in the history at Samiland.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Levi tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Paris to Levi by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Levi due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Levi reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
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Rovaniemi, Finland — 3 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and German Soldier s Cemetery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, look for gifts at Santa Claus' Main Post Office, and sample the tasty concoctions at Lapin Panimo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inari.
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Inari, Finland — 3 nights

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get some historical perspective at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Inarin Hopea. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Saariselka (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, &more). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip maker.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect little chillier with lows of -20°C in Inari. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Posio.
Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
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Posio, Finland — 2 nights

Posio is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Pentik Hill and then surround yourself with nature on Kota-Husky.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Posio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Posio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): wander the streets of Old Town, examine the collection at Zoological Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Limmatquai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, and finally see the interesting displays at Lindt Home of Chocolate.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Posio to Zurich with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Posio to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Posio in January; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Engelberg.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Engelberg, Switzerland — 2 nights

Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei, and then examine the collection at Tal Museum Engelberg. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Hoelloch Caves, then fly down the slopes at Mythenregion, and then examine the collection at Ital Reding Estate.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Engelberg trip site.

Getting from Zurich to Engelberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
Parks · Winter Sports · Museums · Outdoors
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Gornergrat, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and then tour along fresh powder with FLEXRENT Snow Sports Rental. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Trockener Steg, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, then cast your line with Fly Fish Zermatt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip maker tool.

You can drive from Engelberg to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
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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.

Finland travel guide

Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

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.