12 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night


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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La Galerie des Batailles). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning website.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dhaka City to Paris is minus 4.5 hours. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
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Lyon, France — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Annecy.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Queue du Coq as well as Ti Liki Pi. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): snap pictures at Pont des Amours, then examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, then make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at La Queue du Coq. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Annecy, contemplate the long history of Abbaye d'Hautecombe, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Ti Liki Pi.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Annecy road trip app.

Drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Geneva.
Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Museums
Side Trip
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geneva road trip website.

You can drive from Annecy to Geneva in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. January in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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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.