12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to The Flower Clock, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, and finally walk around Parc Des Bastions. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Geneva road trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Geneva is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Muscat to Geneva, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Muscat in September; daily highs in Geneva reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Annecy.
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Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Annecy, France — 2 nights

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy and then take in the views from Pont des Amours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at La Clusaz, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then try your luck at Casino Grand Cercle.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from Geneva to Annecy in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September in Annecy, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chamonix.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Chamonix, France — 2 nights

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 20th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, stroll through Aiguille du Midi, and then get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and Gornergrat. Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Walliser Alpentherme & Spa Leukerbad (in Leukerbad), Saas-Fee (Ski Zenit & Saas-Fee Ski Resort) and Fondation Opale (in Lens). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zermatt attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

On the 26th (Mon), look for gifts at Molard Souvenirs, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, and finally see the top attractions with CERN.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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