21 days in Swiss Alps, Lyon & Paris Itinerary

21 days in Swiss Alps, Lyon & Paris Itinerary

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21 days in Swiss Alps, Lyon & Paris Itinerary

Start: Port Louis, Mauritius
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Chur, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mendrisio, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Poschiavo, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Verbier, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Port Louis, Mauritius

1
night
Chur, Switzerland

Chur ©
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at St. Paul Church, hike along Trans Ruinaulta, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle Haldenstein. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Ski resort Lenzerheide, then stop by AlpenHirt, and then take a stroll through Old Town Chur.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chur trip itinerary tool .

Chamarel, Mauritius to Chur is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Chamarel to Chur. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mendrisio.

Things to do in Chur

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Castle Haldenstein, Trans Ruinaulta, Ski resort Lenzerheide, AlpenHirt, St. Paul Church
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St. Paul Church ©
St. Paul Church
Castle Haldenstein ©
Castle Haldenstein
AlpenHirt ©
AlpenHirt

2
nights
Mendrisio, Switzerland

Mendrisio ©
Mendrisio is a municipality in the district of Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.Mendrisio is the seat of the Accademia di Architettura of the university of Italian-speaking Switzerland (USI).The municipality was boosted in size on 4 April 2004 when it incorporated the former municipality of Salorino. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, then learn more about the world around you at Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baptisterium Riva San Vitale, and finally admire the sheer force of Parco delle Gole della Breggia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Giorgio, then Head underground at Percorso del Cemento, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Zust.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mendrisio trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Chur to Mendrisio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Poschiavo.

Things to do in Mendrisio

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Morbio Inferiore, Baptisterium Riva San Vitale, Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio, Monte San Giorgio, Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello
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Parco delle Gole della Breggia ©
Parco delle Gole della Breggia
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio ©

2
nights
Poschiavo, Switzerland

Poschiavo ©
Poschiavo is a municipality in the Bernina Region in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.HistoryPoschiavo is first mentioned in 824 as in Postclave though this comes from a later copy of the original document.. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Marmites des geants, appreciate the views at Val Poschiavo, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Tome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Cavaglia Glacier Garden, then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Gmurzynska, and finally don't miss a visit to Chesa Futura.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Poschiavo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mendrisio to Poschiavo takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Poschiavo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

St. Moritz
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Val Poschiavo ©
Val Poschiavo
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Galerie Gmurzynska ©
Galerie Gmurzynska

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Explore hidden gems such as The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Take a break from the city and head to Cabane de Moiry and Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. Step out of Zermatt with an excursion to Sentier des Planetes in Saint-Luc--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Poschiavo to Zermatt. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Verbier.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Cabane de Moiry, Sentier des Planetes
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Cabane de Moiry ©
Cabane de Moiry

1
night
Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier ©
Verbier is a village located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by Ski Service, get outside with The Mont-Fort, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont-Fort.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Verbier visit planning site .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Verbier takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Verbier

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Mont-Fort
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Ski Service ©
Ski Service
Mont-Fort ©
Mont-Fort
The Mont-Fort ©
The Mont-Fort

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
You'll explore and learn at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Maison d'Enfance de Alphonse de Lamartine. Visit Fourviere Hill and Chateau de Jarnioux for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: La Maison du Cru Fleurie (in Fleurie), Carrieres de Glay (in L'Arbresle) and Chateau de Chasselas (in Chasselas). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, get to know the resident critters at Parc de la Tete d'Or, do a tasting at Domaine Luquet, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Lyon travel route planner.

Drive from Verbier to Lyon in 3.5 hours. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Fuisse, La Maison du Cru Fleurie, Carrieres de Glay, Chateau de Chasselas, Chateau de Jarnioux
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Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Louvre Museum. Visiting Le Bois des Aigles and Île de la Cité will get you outdoors. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville, take a stroll through Montmartre, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

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Take a train from Lyon to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Le Bois des Aigles, Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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