16 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Route & dates

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, The Netherlands
— 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
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Miami, United States

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): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip planner.

Miami, USA to Paris is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Miami to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in September, expect Paris to be colder, temps between 70°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

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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
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Versailles travel route website.

Versailles is very close to Paris. In September in Versailles, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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Giverny
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Leidseplein and De 9 Straatjes. Visit Anne Frank House and Begijnhof for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, stop by The Jordaan, and take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam itinerary planner.

Take a train from Versailles to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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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): take a stroll through Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

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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.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the views from Chapel Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, then stop by Altstadt Luzern, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne day trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. 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
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and finally identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Bern road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©
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.
On the 17th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary 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 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

2
nights
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 Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Lyon sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 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

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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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