15 days in France, Zermatt & Bern Itinerary

15 days in France, Zermatt & Bern Itinerary

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15 days in France, Zermatt & Bern Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
3
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Paris, France

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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Louvre Museum and The Army Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris holiday planner.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

4
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion. Chateau de Bridoire and Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), La ville d'Hiver (in Arcachon) and Amphitheatre de Saintes (in Saintes). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac, see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, and get engrossed in the history at Musee de l'Histoire Maritime de Bordeaux.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, La ville d'Hiver, Amphitheatre de Saintes, Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean, Chateau de Bridoire
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Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois ©
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois
Chateau de Bridoire ©
Chateau de Bridoire
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©

2
nights
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 1st (Sun), fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally examine the collection at Le Musee Alpin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and then stroll the grounds of Chamonix Cemetery.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip planner .

Getting from Bordeaux to Chamonix by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car
Aiguille des Grands Montets ©
Aiguille des Grands Montets
Lac Blanc ©
Lac Blanc

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then pause for some serene contemplation at Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, and then get a new perspective on nature at Ecomuseum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

Getting from Chamonix to Zermatt by train takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, Ecomuseum
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©

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 Chateau de Chillon and Fondation Pierre Gianadda. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & Collection de l'Art Brut) and Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, and see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum.

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

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. December in Bern sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Gruyeres, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon, Freddie Mercury Statue
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres

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