12 days in Switzerland, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Bring the kids along to Natura Artis Magistra and NEMO Science Museum. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Amsterdam at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

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Anne Frank House
Natura Artis Magistra
NEMO Science Museum

3
days
Paris, France

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Marne-la-Vallee, approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, and see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay.

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You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

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Disneyland Park
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Louvre Museum
Disneyland Park
Île de la Cité

1
day
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva tour planner.

Getting from Paris to Geneva by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. May in Geneva sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

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Lake Geneva

1
day
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken tour planner.

Drive from Geneva to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Geneva in May, expect nights in Interlaken to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

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Seilpark Interlaken
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
days
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 21st (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch, see the interesting displays at Swiss Museum of Transport, then appreciate the history behind Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rigi, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

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Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Tue).

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Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne
Mt. Rigi

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