9 days in France, Geneva & Interlaken Itinerary

9 days in France, Geneva & Interlaken Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and make a trip to Place de la Concorde.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris sightseeing planning tool.

Doha, Qatar to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Doha in October, with highs in Paris at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Lyon, France

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then find something for the whole family at AviaSim Lyon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
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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.
On the 20th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Geneva are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks
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Interlaken, Switzerland

— 1 night
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Geneva to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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Strasbourg, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a stroll through La Petite France, then see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Strasbourg online trip planner.

Getting from Interlaken to Strasbourg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris planner.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.