8 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  5​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  4​h
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Paris Gare de Lyon, Le Marais, Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and finally browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maison Cailler Chocolaterie, La Maison du Gruyere, Palais des Nations, Genève, and other attractions you added. On the 18th (Sun), get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then make a trip to Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene, then stroll through Parc La Grange, and finally ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Paris to Geneva by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. August in Geneva sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Maison du Gruyere, Maison Cailler Chocolaterie
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Maison Cailler Chocolaterie ©
Maison Cailler Chocolaterie
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Palais des Nations, Genève ©
Palais des Nations, Genève

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your list of things to see and do now includes St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, look for gifts at Metzgerei Bayard, then look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, and finally don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip builder .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Shopping Winter Sports

Side Trip

St. Jodern Kellerei
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You've added Mt Pilatus, Jesuitenkirche, St Gallus Catholic Church, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Gallus Catholic Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Mount Titlis.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lucerne takes 4 hours. In August in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Mount Titlis
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Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Peter’s Chapel ©
Peter’s Chapel

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich online day trip planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Tours
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