16 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Miami, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Versailles, France
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 day
train:  1​h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
7
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
8
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Miami, United States


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle and then examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation planner.

Miami, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Miami to Paris. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miami in September: highs in Paris hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Versailles.

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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
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Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of The Trianons & The Hamlet. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Versailles vacation trip planner.

Versailles is very close to Paris. In September, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

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Giverny
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Musee des impressionnismes ©
Musee des impressionnismes

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Begijnhof are in your itinerary. Head to Leidseplein and Albert Cuyp Marktfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Versailles to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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 13th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthaus, and finally shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Zurich travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
day
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the views from Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

2
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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take an in-depth tour of Einsteinhaus, then see the interesting displays at Zentrum Paul Klee, and finally appreciate the history behind Barenpark.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bern trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Bern sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

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Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva vacation planner.

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Lyon.

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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Entrée PRO musée des Beaux-Arts Entrreprises, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles Paul Bocuse, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nizier.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon travel planner.

Drive from Geneva to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Lyon, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Eglise Saint Nizier ©
Eglise Saint Nizier

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