11 days in Switzerland, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Train to Basel, Bahnhof SBB, Bus to Mulhouse, Fly to Paris Orly
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich day trip tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in January, expect Zurich to be much colder, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by Mad Cow, then play a few rounds at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): wander the streets of Alpiglen and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald road trip website.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Outdoors · Golf · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Paris, France

— 3 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.
Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Grindelwald to Paris by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through The Jordaan, make a trip to Anne Frank House, and then take a stroll through Leidseplein.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.