12 days in The Netherlands, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Axel
Axel, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night


Axel, The Netherlands — 2 nights

On the 6th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Industrieel Museum Zeeland IMZ, take in nature's colorful creations at Theetuin De Mol, and then examine the collection at Streekmuseum De Vier Ambachten.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Axel trip maker app.

Doha, Qatar to Axel is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Axel is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Doha in May, things will get cooler in Axel: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Side Trips
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, take in nature's colorful creations at Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, and then examine the collection at Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll around Vondelpark.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip builder app.

You can drive from Axel to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Paris.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

Kids will enjoy Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of Paris to go to Marne-la-Vallee and see Disneyland Paris, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris online trip maker.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Chamonix.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks
Side Trip
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Chamonix, France — 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 day

Capital of Peace

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Geneva day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Chamonix to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Basel.
Parks · Nature
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Basel, Switzerland — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Town Hall.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Basel planning website.

You can take a train from Geneva to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Basel, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

France travel guide

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.