25 days in Switzerland, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

25 days in Switzerland, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with a short trip to Lake Lucerne in Lucerne (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and make a trip to Bellevue Square.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich online trip itinerary planner.

Mumbai, India to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Zurich, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 6th (Mon), stop by Laderach, then stroll through Gornergrat, and then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Furi Suspension Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip site.

You can drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip builder website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Marché provençal). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bellet, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder site.

You can fly from Geneva to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Geneva in December, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): wander the streets of The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Marseillaise, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, Marseille is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planning app.

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in December, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 6 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS.

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Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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France travel guide

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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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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