13 days in Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  19 h
End: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, and shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary builder.

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo to Paris is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kinshasa in December, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva
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 30th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais and then cool off at Bains des Paquis.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Geneva itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Paris to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 31st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Lido San Domenico, then enjoy some diversion at Lido di Lugano, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza G. Motta.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lugano trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Lugano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Piazza G. Motta
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Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano
Piazza G. Motta ©
Piazza G. Motta

3
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grindelwald: Central Sport (in Wengen), Panoramabrucke Sigriswil (in Sigriswil) and Lac de Claus (in Sedrun). There's still lots to do: trek along The Eiger Trail, wander the streets of Alpiglen, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, and explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Grindelwald takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panoramabrucke Sigriswil, Staubbach Waterfall, Lac de Claus, Central Sport
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Lac de Claus ©
Lac de Claus
Alpiglen ©
Alpiglen
Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 4th (Thu), stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt). Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then make a trip to Grossmunster, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seebad Katzensee, and finally look for gifts at Confiserie Sprüngli AG.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zurich vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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