Paris to Switzerland

Feb 13th, 2001, 11:19 AM
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Jodi
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Paris to Switzerland

Want to travel 3-4 days after trip to Paris in February. Thinking about Switzerland. Ideas ?
 
Feb 13th, 2001, 01:01 PM
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I'm in the process of planning the same type of trip. However, I'm into it too far to make too many changes. We are going to Paris for a total of 4 nights, then to Burgandy for one night, on to Geneva for 3 nights and return to Paris for 1 night to fly home.

I've done a pretty good amount of research on all three places. I'm having the most difficulty finding things that interest us in Geneva. We prefer historical sites over country side and I'm afraid Geneva offers more of the later. We're trying to find day trips for our type of interest using Geneva as a base since I'm using Hilton frequent hotel rewards for free nights.

The reason I'm posting this is to give you a heads up to do more research on Switzerland and make sure the sites are in your area of interest. You may want to go further north in Switzerland (Zurich) or try Germany or Austria.
 
Feb 13th, 2001, 01:12 PM
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Good evening, Jodi
Personally would consider if you like
a larger city with plenty of activities
around it would pick Luzern over Zurich
Rigi, Titlis and Pilatus are on hand,
along with the lake and towns around it.
Using Luzern as a base you can also
consider Zurich as a day trip as by
rail is about 55 mins.. Should you
consider a more rustic area, strongly
look at the Berneroberland, using
Grindelwald, Wengen or Murren as your
base, having the Jungfrau, Schlithorn
Grindelwald First and others along with
a multitude of hiking trails, along
with the lakes of Brienz and Thun.
If you want some urls to surf on specific areas drop me a line and will
send them to you. Richard of La Grange Park, IL>..
 
Feb 13th, 2001, 01:25 PM
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Jodi,

I totally agree with Richard about Luzern. Between Paris and Luzern lies Strasbourg - an outstanding city right across the Rhyne from the Baths in Baden Baden.

Have a great time!

jay
 
Feb 14th, 2001, 04:01 AM
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Jodi,
Sorry, I can't add much to what r. vicek has suggested re: Lucerne and the Berner Oberland. I don't think you can go wrong there.

Judith:
I'm actually writing to suggest some things for your search for history near Geneva. Here are my suggestions, some of which I'm sure you've already found.

Chateau du Chillon - 13C castle near Montreux, subject of Byron's poem.

City of Nyon -- founded by Caesar, still has some Roman columns, a Roman museum, 16C castle.

Village of Avenches -- founded by Augustus, has a Roman museum and Roman ruins.

Village of Gruyeres -- 15C castle, town dates from 12-16C.

City of Vevey -- I just like their old town filled w/antique shops.

You can get more info at the websites:
www.montreux.ch
www.nyon.ch
www.avenches.ch
www.gruyeres.ch
www.vevey.ch
www.rail.ch (to check train schedules for your day trips).

I also wonder why you're bothering to return to Paris, unless you just want one more day in the city. It would save some time to fly GVA-CDG. If it's too late to get your tickets in open-jaw, look into Easy Jet, which flies out of GVA.

Have a great trip!

s
 
Feb 14th, 2001, 05:00 AM
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Jodi:
Sorry, I'm piggy-backing on your message again...

Judith:
Sorry, Easy Jet does not fly into Paris. As an alternative, you might want to check out www.zapfly.ch, run by Swissair. They're showing Geneva-Paris at 199 chf.

Sorry for the mis-info and hope your plans all work great!

s
 
Feb 14th, 2001, 07:30 AM
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To: Swandav
Thanks a bunch for the info....I only new of a couple of your suggestions and will check out the others....great info.

I'm returning to Paris because I fly on frequent flyer miles on American Airlines...freeby trip. At the time we made our reservations, we hadn't decided on which country we were going to add to our trip. I'm also using Hilton rewards for my hotels in Paris and Geneva....another freebe...so we picked Geneva because it had the Noga Hilton.

Basically, since our trip is free, American Airlines and Hilton determined a lot of our Itinerary.

Thank you for your help. I appreciate it. Judith
 

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