18 days in Switzerland, Paris & Florence Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Paris & Florence Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland, Paris & Florence Itinerary

Start: Geneva, Switzerland
Train:  3 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Male, Maldives

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Atelier des Lumieres and Musée du Parfum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trocadero and Île de la Cité. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, make a trip to Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

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Geneva, Switzerland to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as The Baptistery of St. John and Piazza della Cisterna. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Torre del Mangia & Biblioteca Piccolomini) and Monteriggioni (Walls of Monteriggioni & Castello di Monteriggioni). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Florence route builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, things will get a bit warmer in Florence: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Monteriggioni, Siena, Piazza della Cisterna
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The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then examine the collection at Zoological Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich vacation planning app .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Zurich is slightly colder than Florence - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lucerne, Uferpromenade Weggis
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The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lucerne day trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Lucerne sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Glasi Hergiswil
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and then ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicolas, then admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, then wander the streets of Matte, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Ghost.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bern online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg
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Church of the Holy Ghost ©
Church of the Holy Ghost
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 12th (Thu), race across the water with a speed boat tour and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Unspunnen Castle, stroll through Maennlichen Romantic Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village, and finally stroll around Hohematte Park.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken sightseeing site.

You can drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen Village, Maennlichen Romantic Trail
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Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

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nights
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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Geneva itinerary planning website .

Getting from Interlaken to Geneva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Geneva are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites
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Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana

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