17 days in Canton of Bern, Montreux & Paris Itinerary

17 days in Canton of Bern, Montreux & Paris Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Montreux, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 2 nights

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then trek along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lauterbrunnen is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Lauterbrunnen is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): hike along The Eiger, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, then hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then look for gifts at Vogts Corner, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip itinerary planner.

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Interlaken.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Aare Gorge (in Meiringen), Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more) and Thunersee (in Thun). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Brienz, identify plant and animal life at Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden, head outdoors with Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken travel route planning website.

Interlaken is just a short distance from Grindelwald. In August in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Montreux.
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Montreux, Switzerland — 3 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get out of town with these interesting Montreux side-trips: Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip builder site.

You can drive from Interlaken to Montreux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Museums · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Montreux to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Canton of Bern travel guide

Mountains · Lookouts · Parasailing & Paragliding
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.