27 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

27 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Versailles, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Giverny, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Manila, Philippines

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Zurich and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Grossmunster. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Zurich is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Zurich is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Manila in April, things will get colder in Zurich: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, enjoy the sand and surf at Ufschotti Park, then shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, and finally make a trip to The Nine Towers.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

4
nights
Bern, Switzerland

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Cathedral of Bern and Unspunnen Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres), Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Ghost, and admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern vacation planner.

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Interlaken, Gruyeres Castle, Trümmelbachfälle
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Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

4
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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris holiday website.

Getting from Geneva to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

1
night
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
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.
On the 11th (Fri), admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Versailles travel route planner.

Versailles is just a short distance from Paris. May in Versailles sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

4
nights
Giverny, France

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Fondation Claude Monet and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Cremerie Normande or Loho Le Local Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Giverny: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens) and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, learn about all things military at Musee de la Batterie de Merville, and explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Giverny day trip planning site.

You can drive from Versailles to Giverny in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Giverny, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cremerie Normande, Deauville Beach, Falaises d'Etretat, Loho Le Local Shop, Musee de la Batterie de Merville
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant

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nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Step out of the city life by going to Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) and Zandvoort aan Zee. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, approximately Haarlem away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam tour planner.

You can fly from Giverny to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, Frans Hals Museum
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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