13 days in Finland, Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Finland, Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

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1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights

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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, thenexplore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Helsinki, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in December, with highs in Helsinki at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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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.
Kids will enjoy Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, visit Île de la Cité, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Paris takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Paris is a bit warmer than Helsinki - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Family-friendly places like The Matterhorn and Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Skigebiet Metsch in Lenk im Simmental (about 1h 50 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, stroll through Riffelsee, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip website.

You can drive from Paris to Zermatt in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Skigebiet Metsch, Aletsch Glacier
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Clay Shoot Zermatt ©
Clay Shoot Zermatt

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then get your game on at Fusion Arena Virtual Reality Center. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich day trip planning site.

Drive from Zermatt to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Rigi ©
Rigi

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