12 days in Zurich, Geneva & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Zurich, Geneva & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Zurich, Geneva & Paris Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Let the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum capture your imagination. Visit Old Town and Fraumünster Church for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil), Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Biosphaere Entlebuch, & more) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. October in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Lucerne, Bern, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Axalp, Elsener Messerschmied AG
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, then examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva day trip website .

Fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)
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3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Le Marais, then wander the streets of Montmartre, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris online trip builder .

You can take a train from Geneva to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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