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Zurich and Paris

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Zurich and Paris

We are planning to make a trip to Zurich and Paris from Seattle. We would like to fly from Seattle to Zurich and spend 3 nights then drive or take a train to Paris. We would like to spend rest of the nights in Paris and fly back to Seattle. I'm having a hard time finding out the best way to create a vacation package like this. Are there any good websites that offers multi-city booking with hotels? Priceline and Expedia doesn't offer customized packages that has 3 nights at one place and 3 at another. Any advice will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Zurich and Paris

Hi TP N,

I don't know about packages, but it will be easy enough to do the pieces on your own.

First of all, do you really want to spend three nights in Zürich? I would recommend Luzern instead, which is only 45 minutes from Zürich. Luzern is surrounded by mountains and sits at the foot of a lake system, so it's a great stop for a short trip. You can ascend some mountains, cruise the lakes, visit lakeside villages, sight-see in Luzern, etc.

Once you have decided on your Swiss stop, you can find hotels there. Just let us know your budget range, and we will be happy to make suggestions. Then you can book the hotel online.

For the trip to (or from Paris), you can get wonderful discounted tickets if you buy your ticket 90 days in advance; you can often find fares around 40 or 50 Euro per person. The first place to look will be

www.tgv-europe.com

or

www.tgv-lyria.com

But do NOT let them bump you to Raileurope where fares are higher. Make sure you select "continue with TGV-Europe."

Then, again, post on the Paris forums for a hotel in your price range.

You should get your air ticket as Open Jaw, or into Paris and out of Zürich, or the reverse. You can find these fares on the "Multiple Destination" buttons at your airline's website.

Have fun as you plan!

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2. Re: Zurich and Paris

All you need are hotel bookings at Zurich/Lucerne and Paris plus a train ticket. A package is not really necessary.

Take the train from Zurich to Paris - a car is not really an option as there are huge extra costs if you drop it off in another country. And the train is faster anyway and much more relaxing.

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3. Re: Zurich and Paris

Hi TP N,

I have booked in advance through and got a much discounted 1st Class Fare in TGV Lyria.

http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/

Try your luck out....

For Hotels in Zurich, Try Holiday Inn Zurich Messe, it gives competetive rates, but the drawback is, It is quiet far from Lake Zurich and Main Station.

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4. Re: Zurich and Paris

As the other posters state, it is so easy to do it yourself. We have been to Paris quite a few times and there are many hotels. Go to the Paris forum, the posters on there are very helpful indeed.

Trains are so easy in Europe, as swandav says though, DO NOT let them bump you to Rail Europe - it is much, much dearer. We have booked our own trains from London to Paris, and Paris to Amsterdam with no issues at all, simply book and print the tickets at home.

We are also coming to Zurich in January, but we are starting in Prague and then booking trains to Berlin, Munich and ending in Lucerne and Zurich. So easy to do and very cheap too if you book early.

Have fun planning, it is half of the joy of a holiday.

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