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:  4​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  5​h 30​min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  13​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 Le Marais, Seine River, Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planning website .

Barcelona, Spain to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in August; daily highs in Paris reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping 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, Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene, and other attractions you added.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Geneva visit planner.

Getting from Paris to Geneva by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Tours 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. Jodern Kellerei, Gorner Gorge, Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, and other attractions. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, grab a seat and go on Gornergrat, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, then look for gifts at Metzgerei Bayard, then look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, and finally make a trip to Walk of Climb.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Shopping Outdoors Wineries

Side Trip

St. Jodern Kellerei
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Metzgerei Bayard ©
Metzgerei Bayard
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
St. Jodern Kellerei ©
St. Jodern Kellerei

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You've added Titlis, Mt Pilatus, St Gallus Catholic Church, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the next day, stroll through Titlis, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Gallus Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter’s Chapel.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lucerne in 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 time for the car ride to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eldorado as well as Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich. On the 23rd (Fri), look for gifts at Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich and then get a taste of local nightlife at Eldorado.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Nightlife
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Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich ©
Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich
Eldorado ©
Eldorado

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