21 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 5 nights


Paris, France — 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Rouen (Palais de Justice & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chateau de Vascoeuil (in Vascoeuil). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online route builder.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Paris due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Strasbourg, France — 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Nancy (eglise Saint Leon & Place Stanislas) and Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, and steep yourself in history at Fort de Mutzig.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg road trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Fun & Games
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Zurich, Switzerland — 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Grindelwald (Bachalpsee Lake & Grindelwald-First), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Geneva.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Geneva, Switzerland — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Montreux (Montreux Lakeside, Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, &more), Chateau De Glerolles (in St-Saphorin-Lavaux) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and stroll around Jardin Anglais.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Geneva sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Wineries · Tours
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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.

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.