10 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

10 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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10 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Tokyo, Japan

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Limmat, then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip site .

Tokyo, Japan to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Zurich is minus 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Altstadt Luzern
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Chillon and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux), Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres) and Creux du Van (in Neuchatel). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Pisciculture de la Gruyere and let the kids burn off some steam at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bern online tour planner .

Getting from Zurich to Bern by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Bern, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Bern

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lausanne, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, Freddie Mercury Statue, Creux du Van, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trocadero and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Latin Quarter.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bern to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bern in October since evenings lows in Paris dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter

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