20 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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20 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  8​h
3
Nice, France
— 3 nights
4
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zurich is known for nature, museums, historic sites, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, examine the collection at Zurich Toy Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche Enge, and take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planning website .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Zurich is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Zurich due to the time zone difference. In December, Zurich is colder than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Nature Parks
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Lenk im Simmental (Skigebiet Metsch & Skigebiet Betelberg). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Zurich to Zermatt in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lenk im Simmental
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to Antibes to see Place du General de Gaulle about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice visit planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Nice by combination of train and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a train. January in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Place du General de Gaulle
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 7th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then examine the collection at Musee des Chantiers Naval, then don't miss a visit to Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Le Cassetin du Diable, cruise along Route des Cretes, then browse the collection at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Marseille holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis
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5
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Marseille in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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