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The City of Light & The Best of Switzerland

10 Days / 9 Nights

Paris, Geneva, Interlaken, Zurich

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If you're dreaming of a European escape filled with elegance and charm, this 10-day itinerary across Paris and the best of Switzerland will fascinate you. Your trip begins in Paris, one of the most romantic cities in Europe. With its several iconic landmarks, top-rated museums, and unique ambiance, the City of Light will find its way into your heart before you move on to your next destination, the manicured Geneva, the so-called Capital of Peace. From there, catch the train to Interlaken, the gateway to one of Switzerland's most scenic regions, the beautiful Bernese Highlands. End your trip in cosmopolitan Zurich, with visits to high-end chocolatiers and romantic riverside strolls.

Our team members in France and Switzerland will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, a valuable source of information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips, from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contacts (some of whom you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3 to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Paris, Geneva, Interlaken, Zurich tour

3 Nights in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

4 days in Paris
4 days in Paris

3 Nights in Paris

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Paris is situated in the northern part of France. The city sprawls over both banks of the Seine River and on two islands: the Îles Saint Louis and the larger Île de la Cité. The historical city center is built around the Seine, and it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. For a glimpse into the oldest part of Paris, take a stroll along the Seine and around the 1st and 4th districts to admire iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris or the Louvre Museum, among others. But leave some space and time for the rest of the city's districts, as each of Paris' 20 arrondissements possesses incredible treasures to discover.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Paris

Welcome to Paris! We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and drive you to your centrally located accommodation. The journey time to the city center is about one hour.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Seine Boat Group Cruise Experience Including Dinner (Privilège Service)

Welcome To The City of Light

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

When in Paris, you shouldn't miss any chance to see the city in the evening, with its iconic landmarks and monuments illuminated to perfection. For your first evening in Paris, we recommend a cruise along the Seine River at the magical moment when the day gives way to the night. Enjoy enchanting views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Pont Neuf (New Bridge), Pont Alexandre, and many more while savoring a delicious dinner paired with French wine onboard an all-glass boat.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour 15 minutes

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Paris

Introduction to Paris Private Tour

Introduction to Paris Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour is the perfect introduction to Paris, an overview of the city to help you find your bearings and feel confident enough to explore Paris further on your own. In the company of your knowledgeable guide, get ready to marvel at the French capital's most iconic landmarks along the Seine.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Getting to Know Paris, One Museum at a Time

Suggestion to explore on your own

With a plethora of superb art collections, some of the world's most recognizable masterpieces, and several museums where rich history and impressive architecture reign, it's no wonder that Paris is often called the City of Art. From the most-visited museum in the world, the Louvre, to museums dedicated to famous artists like Picasso and Rodin, to collections showcasing the life and work of fashion icons, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Paris has it all. Apart from the precious exhibits, it often happens that the museum buildings themselves are sights to behold for their architecture alone. The Beaux-Arts railway station that houses the exquisite Musée d'Orsay and the high-tech structure of Centre Pompidou are only two of the French capital's architectural wonders. You'll find more details of the many museums you could visit in your Guest Page, once your trip is booked.

Getting to Know Paris, One Museum at a Time

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Paris

Versailles Castle Half Day Private Guided Tour

Versailles Castle Half Day Private Guided Tour

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If you have limited time but still want to make the most of your visit to Versailles, a half-day trip to this magnificent palace might be the perfect choice for you. During this four-hour guided tour of Versailles, your guide will walk you through the most important parts of the Palace, including the King and Queen's apartments, the Royal Chapel, and the famous hall of mirrors. In the end, you will visit the gardens of Versailles, known as the most refined French-style gardens.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Geneva by Train

Today you'll be leaving Paris behind and making your way to Switzerland. We will arrange for a driver to pick you up from your accommodation in Paris and take you to the train station. We included 2nd class train tickets in your package but an upgrade to higher class is possible fro an extra fee. The journey takes about 3 hours.

Geneva by Train
We also offer the following excursions in Paris

Catacombs of Paris Self-Guided Visit
Strenuous45 minutes
Champagne Day Trip Small Group Experience
Light11 hours
Chateau Chambord and Chateau Chenonceau, Full Day Private Tour to Loire Valley
Moderate11 hours
Closing Time at the Louvre Group Tour - Mona Lisa at Her Most Peaceful
Light3 hours

2 Nights in Geneva

2 Nights in Geneva

3 days in Geneva
3 days in Geneva

2 Nights in Geneva

Switzerland's second city and main French-speaking metropolis, this proud "Protestant Rome" was once John Calvin's capital, but is now famous as the eminently livable "Capital of Peace." A cosmopolitan center of global diplomacy from the Red Cross to much of the UN, Geneva is the scenic spot where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. The watchmaker's Mecca, Geneva offers impressive shopping and fine dining, but one of the best activities is free: walking through the Old Town and by the lake. Most of the city is reminiscent of France (which nearly surrounds it) although the more bohemian Carouge district draws plenty of locals thanks to its Mediterranean atmosphere. An hour's drive away, Mont Blanc (the Alps' highest peak) is easy to spot.

Switzerland's second city and main French-speaking metropolis, this proud "Protestant Rome" was once John Calvin's capital, but is now famous as the eminently livable "Capital of Peace." A cosmopolitan center of global diplomacy from the Red Cross to much of the UN, Geneva is the scenic spot where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. The watchmaker's Mecca, Geneva offers impressive shopping and fine dining, but one of the best activities is free: walking through the Old Town and by the lake. Most of the city is reminiscent of France (which nearly surrounds it) although the more bohemian Carouge district draws plenty of locals thanks to its Mediterranean atmosphere. An hour's drive away, Mont Blanc (the Alps' highest peak) is easy to spot.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Geneva

Upon your arrival to Geneva's main train station, we'll arrange for a driver to pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

Lakeside Allure

Suggestion to explore on your own

Just arrived in Geneva? Head for the lake! Specifically, the lakeside bars, where you can sip colorful cocktails, have a glass of bubbly, or enjoy a simple cold drink and make plans for this gem of a city. The most iconic place is the floating Bateau Lavoir, which resembles the floating "washing boats" where 19th century women did their laundry. The city of Geneva has gained the attention of some exceptional personalities. To mention just one such luminary, Empress Elisabeth, AKA "Sisi" was a fan of the lake, although her love ended in tragedy on September 10, 1898, when she ran into an anarchist looking to take the life of a sovereign. Having arrived too late to assassinate one one of the lake's royal fans, he ran into Sisi instead, stabbing her. The grievously wounded empress boarded the Bateau Genéve, a steamship, where she passed away. Sold for scrap in the 70s, the boat was preserved, and transforms into a memorable floating restaurant every summer.

Lakeside Allure

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Geneva

Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour

Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Once the "Protestant Rome," Geneva has long been known for its leading role in the Protestant Reformation, as marked by its impressive St. Peter's Cathedral. On this tour, you will have the chance to get an insight into Geneva's history and life there today.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Humanitarian Geneva

Suggestion to explore on your own

There's a reason Geneva is associated with human rights. You can find exhibitions devoted to humanitarian efforts at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and the Palace of Nations. The former has three modern exhibitions devoted to defending human dignity, reconstructing family links, and reducing natural risks. The Palace of Nations was built to host the League of Nations, and has housed much of the United Nations since 1946, although Switzerland itself didn't become a UN member until 2002. Welcoming more than 25,000 delegates for over 10,000 intergovernmental meetings annually, this important complex is also home to many works of art, including some of the meeting rooms themselves. Explore the palace via its daily guided tours.

Humanitarian Geneva

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Interlaken by Train

Today you're off to Interlaken. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to the local train station. As there are no direct trains, you will need to change trains at least once. We have included second class train tickets, but you can upgrade to first class for an extra fee. The journey generally takes about three hours.

Interlaken by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Interlaken by Private Transfer

Interlaken by Private Transfer

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We also offer the following excursions in Geneva

An evening off the coast - the Captain's Table Gastronomy Cruise
Easy3 hours
Chamonix Mont-Blanc Private Day Trip
Moderate9 hours
Chocolate Tasting Group Walking Tour
Light3 hours
Geneva Group Sightseeing Cruise
Easy50 minutes

2 Nights in Interlaken

2 Nights in Interlaken

3 days in Interlaken
3 days in Interlaken

2 Nights in Interlaken

The gateway to the Bernese Highlands, Interlaken's name is fitting, as it straddles the scenic lakes of Brienz and Thun, linked by the turquoise River Aare. A tourist heaven, this hub offers a wide variety of active ways to explore the surrounding area, home to some of Switzerland's most famed peaks.

The gateway to the Bernese Highlands, Interlaken's name is fitting, as it straddles the scenic lakes of Brienz and Thun, linked by the turquoise River Aare. A tourist heaven, this hub offers a wide variety of active ways to explore the surrounding area, home to some of Switzerland's most famed peaks.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Interlaken

Upon your arrival to the Interlaken Ost train station, we'll arrange for a driver to pick you up and take you to your accommodations.

Discover a Historic Gem

Suggestion to explore on your own

Getting around Interlaken after your arrival will take you to small riverside streets and bridges crisscrossing the Aare. A medieval environment embraces you if you walk further to the Unterseen district. Complete your first night in Interlaken with an Old Town dinner at Stadtkeller, with its delicious traditional food and folk music.

Discover a Historic Gem

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Interlaken

Jungfraujoch Private Tour

Jungfraujoch Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Learn about alpine history and local legends and witness spectacular views along the way during this tour to the Jungfraujoch, the saddle between the Jungfrau and Monch, mountains over 4,000 meters (13,100 feet) high. After taking Europe's highest railroad, you'll get a tour of the "Top of Europe" complex, including one of the world's highest observatories. Along the way, you'll visit the beautiful village of Lauterbrunnen.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Zurich by Train

Today you'll make your way to Zurich. Your driver will pick you up from your accommodations take you to Interlaken's train station. We have included second class train tickets, but you can upgrade to first class for an extra fee. Based on the schedule, you might need to change trains once in Lucerne.

Zurich by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Zurich by Private Transfer

Zurich by Private Transfer

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Interlaken

Alpine Paragliding Excursion (Single Seat)
Moderate1 hour 30 minutes
Around the Lake Thoune Private Tour
Strenuous8-9 hours
Cheese & Chocolate Private Tour
Moderate8-9 hours
Grimsel Canyoning Group Tour
Strenuous5 hours 30 minutes

2 Nights in Zurich

2 Nights in Zurich

3 days in Zurich
3 days in Zurich

2 Nights in Zurich

Switzerland's largest city and main hub, Zurich is where many of the nation's bankers and scholars bump shoulders. This cosmopolitan city ranks highly in terms of livability, but for all its wealth and global prestige, the Old Town remains charming, if almost spotless. The ridges flanking Zurich's river valley offer romantic views, but the best way to hit the ground running in Zurich is to follow the river itself as it cuts through the Old Town, then meets Lake Zurich. Along the way, indulge in detours, from upscale chocolatiers to low-stress beaches.

Switzerland's largest city and main hub, Zurich is where many of the nation's bankers and scholars bump shoulders. This cosmopolitan city ranks highly in terms of livability, but for all its wealth and global prestige, the Old Town remains charming, if almost spotless. The ridges flanking Zurich's river valley offer romantic views, but the best way to hit the ground running in Zurich is to follow the river itself as it cuts through the Old Town, then meets Lake Zurich. Along the way, indulge in detours, from upscale chocolatiers to low-stress beaches.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Zurich

Upon your arrival to Zurich's main train station, you'll be picked up by a driver and taken to your accommodations.

Enjoy the Highground

Suggestion to explore on your own

Even though Zurich is a capital city, it counts as a rather small one, compared to other European capitals. But worry not, the number of sights and activities is at least as high as in every other bigger destinations. As you will probably spend at least 2 nights here, we suggest walking through the Old Town, picking a couple of restaurants for later and then climbing up to the place called, Lindenhof, from where you can enjoy a beautiful sight of the city, the Limmat river and the surrounding hills.

Enjoy the High Ground

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Zurich

eTuk-Tuk Private Tour with Fondue Experience

Zurich Fondue eTukTuk Private Experience

Included in your vacation package price.

Combine beautiful sights with a memorable fondue experience, taking in the city lit up by the sunset, or night lights. You'll enjoy a tasty Swiss specialty, with a bottle of crisp white wine, to end the day perfectly.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 90 minutes

Rhine Falls Private Day Trip

Rhine Falls Private Day Trip

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Since the Rhine Falls is quite close to Zurich, it is chance you would definitely not want to miss. The largest waterfalls of Europe is located in the Northern part of Switzerland and offers an unforgettable experience for the visitors. And as an extra on your way back to Zurich, you will visit the Munot Fortress in Shaffhausen.


Duration : 8 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you to Zurich's airport with plenty of time to spare before your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Zurich

Bernese Oberland Pick and Mix Private Tour
Moderate10 hours
Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Private Tour
Moderate10 hours
Chocolate, Mountains and Medieval Towns Private Tour
Moderate8-9 hours
Lake Lucerne Private Tour
Moderate8-9 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Paris

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Arrival Transfer
Introduction to Paris Private Tour
Paris Train Station Transfer
Paris - Geneva Train

Geneva

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Geneva Train Station Transfer
Geneva Old Town Private Walking Tour
Geneva Train Station Transfer
Geneva - Interlaken Train

Interlaken

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Interlaken Train Station Transfer
Jungfraujoch Private Tour
Interlaken Train Station Transfer
Interlaken - Zurich Train

Zurich

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Zurich Train Station Transfer
Zurich Fondue eTukTuk Private Experience
Zurich Airport Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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