18 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

8
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Visit the Hidden Paris, Jardin des serres d'Auteuil, Seine River, and other attractions. Family-friendly places like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Musee Jacquemart-Andre will thrill your kids. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, stroll through Parc de la Villette, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris tour itinerary builder website .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Riyadh to Paris, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in August, expect Paris to be colder, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee des Arts et Metiers ©
Musee des Arts et Metiers

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), then appreciate the history behind Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and then kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zurich day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Seilpark Interlaken and Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz. When in Interlaken, make a side trip to see Axalp in Brienz, approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. August in Interlaken sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Axalp
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Axalp ©
Axalp
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Swiss Vapeur Parc (in Le Bouveret) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring at Lake Geneva. There's more to do: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Interlaken in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Geneva, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Swiss Vapeur Parc, Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc

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