11 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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11 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Paris, France


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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Arts Forains and Memorial De La Shoah. Get some cultural insight at 1st Arrondissement and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History, take a stroll through Montparnasse, and admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet.

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If you are flying in from Panama, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Chateau of Vincennes, Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
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Musee des Arts Forains ©
Musee des Arts Forains
Chateau of Vincennes ©
Chateau of Vincennes
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre ©
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Bonaventure, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nizier, then see the interesting displays at Musee Urbain Tony Garnier, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at OL Le Musee. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Georges, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc, then learn about all things military at Musee de l'Aviation Clement Ader, and finally shop like a local with Galerie Estades Lyon.

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Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

OL Le Musee, Musee de l'Aviation Clement Ader
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Musee Urbain Tony Garnier ©
Musee Urbain Tony Garnier
Musee de l'Aviation Clement Ader ©
Eglise Saint Nizier ©
Eglise Saint Nizier

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice) and Museum CIMA. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Notre Dame Basilica and Kawa Game. Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, make a trip to Chapel of the Maccabees, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve, and view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.

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Getting from Lyon to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lausanne, Museum CIMA
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Eglise de Saint-Sulpice ©
Eglise de Saint-Sulpice
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Latenium and Pantheon Basel. Museum-lovers will get to explore CHEZ Camille Bloch and International Museum of Watches. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Kloster Mariastein (in Metzerlen-Mariastein), Dom von Arlesheim (in Arlesheim) and St. Ursenkathedrale (in Solothurn). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost, ponder the design of Simsonbrunnen, pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument, and take a stroll through Matte.

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You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in January, Bern is little chillier at night with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Pantheon Basel, Kloster Mariastein, CHEZ Camille Bloch, St. Ursenkathedrale
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Kloster Mariastein ©
Kloster Mariastein
Latenium ©
Latenium
CHEZ Camille Bloch ©
CHEZ Camille Bloch

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