16 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Versailles, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris trip tool.

Miami, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in November, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 12°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Versailles, France

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Palace of Versailles.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Versailles road trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Versailles in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan. Anne Frank House and Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and take a stroll through De 9 Straatjes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route planning site.

Take a train from Versailles to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 15th (Thu), take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and finally wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Lucerne sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In November in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Bern, Switzerland

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 18th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take an in-depth tour of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bern road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Bern sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping
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Geneva, Switzerland

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 19th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Geneva online route maker.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

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Lyon, France

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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.

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.