12 days in The Netherlands, France & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in The Netherlands, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Axel
Axel, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night


Axel, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get curious at Industrieel Museum Zeeland IMZ, then take in nature's colorful creations at Theetuin De Mol, and then see the interesting displays at Streekmuseum De Vier Ambachten.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Axel day trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Axel is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Axel. In December, Axel is colder than Doha - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, take in nature's colorful creations at Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, and then examine the collection at Anne Frank House. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll around Vondelpark.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam journey builder app.

You can drive from Axel to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chamonix.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Chamonix, France — 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chamonix trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Geneva, Switzerland — 1 day

Capital of Peace

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 28th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Basel.
Nature · Parks
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Basel, Switzerland — 1 night

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): make a trip to Town Hall.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Basel trip builder app.

Take a train from Geneva to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Highlights from your trip

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Switzerland travel guide

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.