16 days in Switzerland, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

Start: West Chicago, United States
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  5 h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Canton of Glarus, Switzerland
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13 h 45 min
End: West Chicago, United States

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Les Sagas and Univers du Thé. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Town of Durbuy and Pierre Marcolini. Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Dinant to see La Citadelle de Dinant about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, get curious at Atomium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brussels itinerary builder.

West Chicago, USA to Brussels is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from West Chicago to Brussels. Traveling from West Chicago in July, expect Brussels to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Old Town of Durbuy, La Citadelle de Dinant
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Old Town of Durbuy ©
Old Town of Durbuy
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

6
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.
Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor some retail therapy. Visiting River Seine and Île de la Cité will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dôme Sacre Coeur, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Markt, stop by The Old Chocolate House, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bruges custom trip planner.

Drive from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Shopping
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
The Old Chocolate House ©
The Old Chocolate House

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Sammlung Rosengart, stop by Confiserie Sprungli, and then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kunsthaus and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bruges to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Canton of Glarus.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Rosengart Collection
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The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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nights
Canton of Glarus, Switzerland

Canton of Glarus ©
Glarus is the capital of the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. On the 9th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Forum Schweizer Geschichte Schwyz/ Schweizerisches.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Canton of Glarus itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Canton of Glarus in an hour. August in Canton of Glarus sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Canton of Glarus

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Heidi's Village, Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, Landquart Fashion Outlet
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Heidi's Village ©
Heidi's Village
Forum of Swiss History Schwyz ©
Forum of Swiss History Schwyz
Landquart Fashion Outlet ©
Landquart Fashion Outlet

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