12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 10th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, then kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, and finally walk around Parc Des Bastions. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais.

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Muscat, Oman to Geneva is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Muscat in November, with highs in Geneva at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Annecy.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy and then take in the views from Pont des Amours. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at La Clusaz, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then try to win big at Casino Grand Cercle.

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Drive from Geneva to Annecy in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Chamonix, France — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 14th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de Merlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Visiting Gornergrat and Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zermatt: Fondation Opale (in Lens), Walliser Alpentherme & Spa Leukerbad (in Leukerbad) and Saas-Fee (Ski Zenit & Saas-Fee Ski Resort). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zermatt holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for gifts at Molard Souvenirs, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and finally engage your brain at CERN.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip site.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
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Switzerland travel guide

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.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.