26 days in Amsterdam, Paris & Switzerland Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Hague (Sea Life Scheveningen, Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam road trip planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dubai to Amsterdam, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in July, with highs in Amsterdam at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 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). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Montreux.
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Montreux, Switzerland — 4 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: Gruyeres (HR Giger Museum & Gruyeres Castle) and Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne, La Suisse - Belle Epoque - paddle steamboat, &more). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, don't miss a visit to The Fork, explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Montreux trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Montreux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Brienz to see Lake Brienz about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and hike along The Eiger.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald travel planner.

Drive from Montreux to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip planning website.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see Rhine Falls about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and wander the streets of Old Town.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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