13 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Lille, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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1
night
Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, make a trip to Grande Place, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, make a trip to Place du Theatre, admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, then have some family-friendly fun at Le Waf, and finally explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lille travel planner.

London, UK to Lille is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December in Lille, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy
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5
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Lille to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the striking features of Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Geneva online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Zurich.

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Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Markuskirche, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, have some family-friendly fun at Sim Academy, and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip builder site .

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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