18 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Milan, Italy
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
8
Montreux, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
9
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
10
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

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Milan, Italy

Milan
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan journey planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Milan is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in April: highs in Milan hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. On the 19th (Fri), you're off toLugano.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
You've now added Olive Trail to your itinerary. On the 19th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore and then look for gifts at Laderach Chocolaterie Suisse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lugano, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Milan to Lugano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bahnhofstrasse, Lindenhofplatz, Old Town (Altstadt), and other attractions you added.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Lugano to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lugano in April: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lindenhofplatz ©
Lindenhofplatz

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lion Monument, Biosphaere Entlebuch, Mt Pilatus, and other attractions.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lucerne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Spreuer Bridge ©
Spreuer Bridge

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zahringerbrunnen as well as Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten). Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, contemplate the long history of Mosesbrunnen, get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and finally ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Barenpark, wander the streets of Matte, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten).

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Lucerne to Bern by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Vieille Ville de Thoune
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The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rugenbraeu Brewery, Interlaken Walking Tours, Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, and other attractions you added. On the 25th (Thu), gain interesting insight with Interlaken Walking Tours, then sample the fine beverages at Rugenbraeu Brewery, then stroll through Hohematte Park, and finally savor the flavors at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Bern to Interlaken by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Hohematte Park ©
Hohematte Park
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, Mountaineers' Cemetery, St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, and then get great views at Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): get great views at Gornergrat, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, kick your exploration up a notch at Forest Fun Park, don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and finally take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt road trip site .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Forest Fun Park Zermatt ©
Forest Fun Park Zermatt
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

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Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri has been added to your itinerary. Attractions like Chaplin's World and Musee Suisse du Jeu make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lavey-les-Bains and Castle of Gruyeres. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, hunt for treasures at Mercato di Natale di Montreux (Montreux Noel), and pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Memorial.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Montreux trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Zermatt to Montreux by train takes about 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Lausanne.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lavey-les-Bains, Gruyeres Castle, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon, Musee Suisse du Jeu
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Musee Suisse du Jeu ©
Musee Suisse du Jeu
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Le Port d'Ouchy as well as Cathedrale de Lausanne. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): meet the residents at Tropiquarium de Servion, admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Lausanne, appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade de Montbenon, then go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy, and finally learn about winemaking at Terres de Lavaux.

Discover how to plan a Lausanne trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Lausanne is very close to Montreux. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tropiquarium de Servion, Terres de Lavaux
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Tropiquarium de Servion ©
Tropiquarium de Servion
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Favarger Chocolate Factory, Palais des Nations, Genève, Notre Dame Basilica, and other attractions you added.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva vacation website .

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Geneva are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Place Bourg du Four ©
Place Bourg du Four
Broken Chair Sculpture ©
Broken Chair Sculpture

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