16 days in France, Gstaad & Grindelwald Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Gstaad, Switzerland
— 1 night
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Annecy, France
— 4 nights
Bus to Geneva, Fly to Riyadh


Paris, France — 5 nights

City of Light

Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Edwart Chocolatier - Marais. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in April; daily highs in Paris reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. On the 4th (Thu), you're off to Chamonix.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Chamonix, France — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

On the 4th (Thu), stroll through Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille du Midi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gstaad.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Gstaad, Switzerland — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): hike along Lauenensee Loop Trail, then hike along Horneggli - Hornberg - Rinderberg, then stop by Pedestrianised Promenade and Shopping Mile, and finally get outside with Piscine du Berceau.

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Drive from Chamonix to Gstaad in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

Glacier Village

Get in touch with nature at Jungfraujoch and Titlis. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, look for gifts at Vogts Corner, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

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Traveling by car from Gstaad to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 4 nights

Venice of the Alps

Take a break from the city and head to Prosneige and Water Taxi Annecy. Venture out of the city with trips to Mission Black Forest (in Meribel) and Val Thorens (Mini Clubs ESF & Maison des Guides et de la Montagne Val Thorens). There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Annecy and stop by YAKAPEDALER.

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You can drive from Grindelwald to Annecy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Sun).
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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.